In 2019, the City of Memphis and Shelby County will celebrate our 200th anniversary and embrace our next 100 years--our New Century of Soul. We’re inviting the world to join us as we honor our story and the next chapter that is about to be written. It’s time to engage our next generation of innovators, artists, and leaders to create our region’s future. And that includes you.

The New Century of Soul Challenge is driven by community. It’s your chance to create projects of lasting impact in your neighborhoods--it could be new park benches or a community garden. As long as your project is a physical installation within the Shelby County borders you can start fundraising today for potential dollar-for-dollar matchings funds up to $10,000.

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Check out these past projects that your neighbors have already funded in Memphis! Start a project of your own to recieve matching dollars and be featured here:

  • Bellevue Middle Garden

    Garden and picnic tables for the Bellevue middle school campus.

    NEEDS: $0 of 3,061 + Volunteers
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    Central Gardens Sidewalk Repairs

    This campaign is to collect payments from homeowners who have committed to have their sidewalks repaired at a group rate. Please DO NOT donate unless you have already received a detailed estimate from a CGA member.

    NEEDS: $0 of 15,508
  • Heights Line concept

    Heights Line

    The Heights Line project will be a prototype for a bicycle and pedestrian promenade on historic National Street.

    NEEDS: $0 of 10,335 + Volunteers
  • C-3 Cooperative Gardens

    Fighting food insecurity, blight, and gentrification by empowering self-sufficient growers.

    NEEDS: $0 of 3,400 + Volunteers
  • #ChrisCrosswalk

    The Christopher Phillips Memorial Crosswalk has been approved by City of Memphis for installation at Madison & Morrison, the corner where Blue Monkey, Molly's LaCasita and LBOE are located.

    NEEDS: $0 of 5,185
  • #SupportFrayser


    Help #SupportFrayser erect a sign to welcome visitors to the neighborhood that we call home! 

    NEEDS: $0 of 530