In addition to cash prizes, finalists are receiving expert assistance and resources to help plan, run, refine, and report on their programs throughout the two-year community implementation period. These resources include hardware and software donations, as well as expert consulting on internet connectivity, community engagement, software training, and curriculum development.
Each finalist receives support from a paid Community Engagement Manager (CEM), valued at approximately $100,000 over the two-year period. The CEM will help with on-the-ground setup, program refinement, and reporting. Finalists had the opportunity to recommend CEM candidates and participate in the recruitment process.
Center on Rural Innovation (CORI)