Cultivate WV

The Cultivate WV program supports community capacity building through leadership
development, team development, and small-scale community projects. Our goal is to help your community create long-term engagement from residents and new opportunities for community
leadership, all while building positive momentum for your area. We offer community coaching;
workshops; funding for community projects; and leadership development opportunities.

Cultivate communities commit to a year-long entry-level community engagement process
where they participate in monthly workshops focused on different subjects such as community
engagement, team building and dynamics, project identification, prioritization and planning,
grant writing, leadership development and communications.

How This Program Makes a Difference

As a result of this program, participants experience a greater sense of connection to their community, a sense of positive momentum happening in their neighborhoods and towns, and increased pride in place. Residents participate in facilitated community-wide discussions where they have an opportunity to talk about what they love about their communities, why they choose to live in their communities, and why others should want to live in their community. They also have the opportunity to talk about the challenges they are facing and solutions to address them.

Workshops and facilitated discussions are paired with seed funding to implement small-scale community projects. Communities are expected to develop at least two dozen separate project teams, engaging multiple new leaders and helping to break down traditional silos.

Community coaching and support is offered to community teams to ensure that projects are carried out successfully. Participating communities have been successful in building teams, prioritizing projects, writing and submitting grant applications, and implementing 69 community projects. Examples of projects include art murals, flowers along main street, farmers markets, First Friday events, business after hours, community gardens, youth engagement events, and more.

Cultivate WV supports community members coming together to make a difference in their towns while providing the resources and training needed to help residents build their individual leadership skills and keep the work going into the future.

For more wins and milestones coming out of the Cultivate WV program, see our “Stories” section below.

This Program is Ideal for…

The Cultivate WV Program is ideal for communities who are interested in making a change, but are unsure how to get started. The program helps community members learn how to work together, how to engage others in the work, how to build a vision for their community, how to identify, prioritize and implement projects and how to make it all sustainable.

Cultivate WV is an entry level community engagement program. The community should have some key community leaders identified to help start the process, but the community coach will help recruit other people to engage in the process and support the community with building out the teams to move the work forward. The community coach will also work with the community members to identify specific workshops or trainings that would be beneficial for the community to participate in.

Get Involved

If you are a member of a Cultivate Community and want to get involved, if you are interested in
becoming a Cultivate Community, or if you are funder that is interested in learning more about
the program, contact program lead Amanda Workman Scott at

Current Participating Communities

Past Participating Communities

*Program was previously called Turn This Town Around

Cultivate WV Stories