January 26, 2017

Meet the 2016 Renewal Awards finalists

These 25 nonprofits are competing for $100,000 in grant money

Updated Feb. 18, 2017: Public voting is now closed. Five winners will be announced March 30 at The Renewal Summit in Washington, on TheAtlantic.com, and here, on The Renewal Project.

The Renewal Awards illuminates grassroots solutions to challenges faced by communities around the country. The initiative, brought to you by The Atlantic and Allstate, is related to The Renewal Project, The Atlantic’s broader partnership with Allstate that spotlights local innovation.

Out of nearly 500 nominees, 25 nonprofits have been selected as finalists to compete for $100,000 in funding. One winner will be selected in each of these five categories:

Allstate Youth Empowerment: Organizations who support youth growth and development

Community Action: Creating change and opportunity for underserved communities

Ingenuity: Honoring projects that promote simple yet creative solutions to solve complex problems

Neighborhood Revitalization: Projects focused on rebuilding communities

Self-Starter: Underdog organizations founded without substantial support from large funders

The winner in each category will receive a $20,000 grant from Allstate Insurance Company continue their positive work in their community.

Public voting, which ended on Feb. 17, will be weighed along with a panel of judges composed of The Atlantic, past Renewal Award winners, and outside members, including former HUD secretary and Florida Senator Mel Martinez, former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, and Perla Ni, the founder and CEO of GreatNonprofits. Read the official rules here.

Here are the 25 finalists:

Community Action


Neighborhood Revitalization


Youth Empowerment

The Renewal Project staff

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