CHEYENNE – ChangeX recently launched the Cheyenne Community Challenge, a $50,000 fund for local community groups, schools and organizations that want to create thriving communities across Laramie County.

ChangeX is a community engagement platform designed to get funding and resources directly into the hands of everyday people to lead impactful projects in their neighborhoods, and the challenge is supported by a Community Empowerment Fund award from Microsoft.

The challenge aims to support up to 20 teams to kickstart projects that will benefit the local community, according to a news release.

People can choose from 12 ideas that have already proven to have a positive social or environmental impact, both in the U.S. and Europe. Among the ideas groups can choose from are “Pollinator Partnership,” a program to help neighborhoods protect pollinators to ensure healthy ecosystems and food security, or “Cycling Without Age,” a Danish program that allows older people in nursing homes to maintain healthy connections with the local community through regular bicycle rides.

After applying to the Challenge, each team has 30 days to build a small team and design an action plan to be eligible for funding. The Challenge grants anywhere from $500 to $5,000, depending on the selected idea.

Earlier this year, ChangeX, supported by Microsoft, funded more than 50 community teams in Arizona and Chicago to start environmental projects through the Arizona and Chicago Sustainability Challenges.

The Challenge is open to people living in Cheyenne and across Laramie County. Seed funding will be allocated to applicants on a first-come, first-served basis.

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