Have an idea to make your community a healthier place to live? Need some cash to make it happen?

The Healthy Neighborhoods Challenge supports residents taking an active role in creating a culture of health in their neighborhoods. So if you have a great idea that makes your community healthier, start a project today and make your fundraising work go twice as far!  


Anyone can receive one-on-one fundraising support and dollar-for-dollar matching funds up to $10,000 on their ioby crowdfunding campaign in support of projects that improve public health outcomes in the following areas across New York State:

North End, Niagara Falls - Near West Side, Syracuse - Brownsville, Brooklyn - Claremont/Morrisania, Bronx - Hunts Point, Bronx - Mott Haven, Bronx - Lower East Side, Manhattan - East Harlem, Manhattan - Clinton County

Simply share your project idea below to get started fundraising and doubling your dollars!

Share your Idea 

Or give to one of the many projects already fundraising as part of the Healthy Neighborhoods Challenge.

Support a Project 

What kind of projects are eligible?

Any initiative that will help create a culture of health in your area by making it greener or safer; improving local access to affordable healthy food; promoting walking, biking, or exercise; educating your neighbors about healthy choices; etc. Eligible projects include new community gardens, all-ages exercise groups, weekend yoga in the park, bike safety education, healthy parenting programs, food justice fanfares, creative nutrition classes, pedestrian parades—you name it! We want to hear YOUR ideas for a healthier community.

Read the full eligibility guidelines here 


Learn More 

Completely new to ioby and crowdfunding? Check out our general FAQ here.

For more details on how this ioby match opportunity works, check out our Match Funding FAQ.

Join us for a webinar where we'll cover proven tips for crowdfunding success, examples of past successfully-funded community health projects, and all the details about participating in this match opportunity.

Crowdfunding for Healthy Neighborhoods webinar: Tuesday, July 24th, 12-1pm

Register Here 

Questions? Contact ioby Partnerships Manager, Ethany Uttech at ethany@ioby.org or (917) 464-4515 x5


Need more inspiration? 

Check out the 44 amazing projects that raised over $228,000 in the last round of the Healthy Neighborhoods Challenge, and read the full report of their impacts.

See 2016 Projects        See 2017 Projects      Read the report


About ioby

ioby helps neighbors grow and implement great ideas one block at a time. We believe it should be easy to make meaningful change “in our backyards” - the positive opposite of NIMBY. Neighbors nationwide have raised over $4 million in citizen philanthropy on ioby for projects that make their communities healthier, greener, safer, and more livable. When you post project on ioby you can collect tax deductible donations, find new donors and volunteers, and receive one-on-one fundraising coaching.


Support for this work was provided by the New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth).