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About Thriving Earth Exchange

Thriving Earth Exchange encourages communities of any type – including environmental justice communities, local governments, faith communities, etc. – to submit a priority, issue, and/or project idea related to natural hazards, environment health, pollution, natural resources, sustainability and resilience, or climate change.  

The program is free of charge for communities, and projects do not need to join the program with external funding. Projects are designed to make an impact through creative problem-solving and in-kind support. Projects are supported by volunteer Community Science Fellows – project managers we train and match with you. These project managers will work with you to define the priorities of your project and to secure volunteer scientists or technical experts to achieve your community-led solutions. Projects can also access a small seed fund to support their work. Typical project outputs can include but are not limited to developing reports, webinars, podcasts, data, maps, exhibits, grant proposals, applications of technology, or interviews.  

We invite any community representative comfortable operating in English and/or in Spanish interested in launching a community project to complete the form below. We ask for the community lead to identify a co-lead who can support the project. Projects typically last 18 months with the ability to graduate early.  

Community leads dedicate at least 2 hours per week to projects. Projects launch quarterly as cohorts and applications are reviewed and contacted on a rolling basis with early applications receiving priority for each launch. Please note the application deadlines indicated below. If you are not ready to join our next cohort, we encourage you to apply now to be considered for a future cohort.  


Questions? Email [email protected] 


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Learn more about being a Thriving Earth Exchange community lead, what we look for, and next steps here. Check out a video Q&A here.


2023 Project Cohort Dates and Application Deadlines:

October 2023 Cohort Launch – Apply by 7 September 2023


Interested in being a Thriving Earth Exchange Community?

Use the form below to apply! Form not loading? Click here to open in a new window.  

Questions? Email our program at [email protected] or call us at (202) 777-7309 to talk through your idea for a project. We look forward to hearing from you! 


Note: Prior to engaging with Thriving Earth Exchange, all communities are asked to read and consent to Thriving Earth Exchange’s Statement on Integrity in Community Science. Please contact [email protected] with any questions.