Each group can receive up to $50,000 through the program to assist in funding activities that promote the community’s goals.
Online communities are critical for bringing people together. We’ve seen them explode in popularity since the pandemic, as the need for people to interact and engage practically intensifies. Numerous these communities exist within Facebook Groups, which are used monthly by over 1.8 billion users. About half of all users worldwide belong to five or more categories. These groups are run by administrators and leaders, the majority of whom are unintentional leaders who lack formal experience in managing online communities.
Facebook revealed Tuesday the second edition of its Community Accelerator program in Indonesia, the Philippines, and Thailand, as well as the addition of three new markets: Singapore, Malaysia, and India. It is an eight-month initiative that will provide community leaders with training, mentorship, and support to help them expand their communities.
A subset of communities would be able to receive a portion of the increased funding of $1 million.
The Community Accelerator is a component of Facebook’s Community Leadership Program, a global initiative that invests in leaders who are committed to community building.
Up to $7.5 million will be allocated to participants in the form of grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 per participant.
The accelerator will link community leaders with experts, mentors, and a personalized program to help them develop a strategy for strengthening their community and accomplishing their goals.
Although online communities have existed since the dawn of the internet, they have exploded in popularity over the last year as a result of COVID-19. Over 70 million administrators and moderators now manage active Facebook Groups. Sometimes, these organizations are founded and run by ordinary people as a labor of love – with little to no preparation or funding. Through the Community Accelerator program, we have assisted community leaders from around the world and APAC in building, growing, and scaling their communities. With the launch of this year’s Community Accelerator program, we look forward to discovering the next generation of Asian community leaders and assisting them in realizing their full potential and making a positive impact,” said Grace Clapham, director of APAC community partnerships and programs at Facebook.
Selected community leaders will spend five months learning from experts, mentors, and a tailored program how to coordinate and improve their community in order to collaborate more effectively. Lessons include establishing a community’s identity, guiding action-oriented societies, and ensuring sustainability. Additionally, participants can gain early access to new Facebook items aimed at assisting groups in managing and activating their members more effectively.
Participants will find a significant project that will have a positive effect on the larger world and devise a strategy for rallying their society behind it. Initiatives will be presented to a jury of judges and an audience of potential collaborators, mentors, and judges for the chance to gain additional support and public attention.
They will then spend three months carrying out their plans. They will partner with community activists and leaders, as well as the Facebook team, to bring their ideas to life.
The Community Accelerator is a component of Facebook’s Community Leadership Program, a global initiative that invests in leaders who are committed to community building. Since the program’s inception in March 2020, 77 groups from 13 countries have participated.