Smart Cville announces fellowship to support grassroots civic projects


Photo Credit: fotosipsak

Smart Cville is calling for applications to its inaugural Civic Innovation Fellowship.

The fellowship will support Central Virginia residents seeking to improve the local community through innovative, community-led projects. This program seeks to turn more grassroots ideas into action by giving aspiring  civic leaders additional layers of support for nascent ideas. This year’s fellowships will provide additional support to innovators working on equity related issues or who come from historically underrepresented groups.

“At Smart Cville, we believe civic innovation is an incredibly powerful tool for community empowerment. Our best ideas as a community come from residents themselves.  In order to intentionally foster civic innovation for equity-related projects, we’ve developed this program to help give civic innovators the space, network, and support to realize success,” said Lucas Ames Founder of Smart Cville.

Applicants can be individuals from grassroots community organizations or advocacy groups.  They can also be community organizers, residents, or neighborhood leaders. All are welcome to apply but we will prioritize civic innovators from underrepresented backgrounds or who are working on equity-related issues. Projects do not need to be tech or data related, but participants should be open to how tech and data can support their goals.

Each fellow will get workspace at the Center for Civic Innovation, a core team of supportive advisors, expert-led training workshops, a cohort of peers also working to improve the community, a project showcase event, and access to UVA professors and students who can support tech or data needs.  Those working on an equity related issue or who come from a historically underrepresented group are also offered a $1,000 stipend to support the project.

Applications are due on December 20, 2019 and can be found along with more information at

Smart Cville is a 501(c)(3)-designated, non-profit organization.  It promotes the use of technology and data to help communities find innovative solutions by facilitating the exchange of ideas between civic institutions and citizens.  Learn more at


UVA Basketball Fans!

uva basketball team of destiny
Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, by Jerry Ratcliffe and Chris Graham, is available for $25. The book, with additional reporting by Zach Pereles, Scott Ratcliffe, and Scott German, will take you from the aftermath of the stunning first-round loss to UMBC in 2018 through to the thrilling overtime win over Texas Tech to win the 2019 national title, the first in school history.

Dick Vitale on Team of Destiny: “This is a hoops story you will LOVE! Jerry and Chris capture the sensational and dramatic championship journey by Tony Bennett and his tenacious Cavalier team. UVA was Awesome Baby and so is this book!”

Ralph Sampson on Team of Destiny: “Jerry and Chris have lived and seen it all, even before my time. I highly recommend this book to every basketball fan across the globe. This story translates to all who know defeat and how to overcome it!”

Feedback from buyers: “Got the Book in the Mail Saturday, and could not put it down! Great read and great photography as well! Love all of the books I’ve received, but hands down, this is my favorite!” – Russell

Buy here.

augusta free press news
augusta free press news
augusta free press news