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Apply Now for IEI’s Financial Resilience Community Cohort

Applications accepted until 5 p.m. March 29, 2024

The Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) is accepting applications for the new Financial Resilience Community Cohort. The cohort is a continuation of IEI’s work on household financial resilience – the ability for households to withstand and recover from economic challenges – which was also the topic of the recent 2024 Emerging Issues Forum. Applications will be accepted until March 29, 2024.

Community-based organizations from across North Carolina that work to increase household financial resilience, especially for communities with historically increased barriers to saving and debt management, are encouraged to apply. 

“IEI believes that local communities – with their traditions, willingness to work, and history of coming together in tough times to solve big challenges – are the unit of change to spark action,” said IEI Director of Community Initiatives Samantha Graham. “The members of this cohort will be the experts that can lead change and inspire others to raise household resilience levels across North Carolina.”

Five community-based organizations will be chosen for the cohort. They will work with IEI and each other over a two-year period to implement solutions that make them stronger and better equipped to successfully serve their communities. Selected organizations will participate in the cohort at no cost and will receive the following benefits:

  • Increased visibility for their organization’s efforts. 
  • Free organizational assessment to enhance their ability to effectively complete their work. Additional support will be tailored to the specific needs of each organization and will take place over a 12- to 18-month period, depending on the time needed to deliver the support.
  • Participation in a peer learning network to share with – and learn from – organizations with similar goals in communities across the state. 

This will be IEI’s tenth cohort promoting community-level change.

To learn more about the Financial Resilience Community Cohort and to submit an application on behalf of your organization, visit