Community Accelerator

A program to equip impactful communities with the training, mentorship and funds to grow.

2020 Accelerator Cohort Announced

We’re proud to introduce the selected communities making a positive impact on people’s lives.

Proven Impact

The Community Accelerator is an evolution of our Fellowship program, which in 2019 supported 115 participating leaders worldwide.

Together, those leaders reported that their projects impacted over 1.9 million lives through online community support, the use of helpful resources, and other activities made possible by the program.

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How we will help:

Growth Focused Training

Participants will be immersed in an intensive training program to create a growth plan for their community through Facebook’s family of apps.

Mentorship & Partnerships

Facebook team members and experts in product and community growth offer each participant hands-on mentorship and connections to local funders and partners.

Funding to Grow

Facebook will work with GlobalGiving to fund participants’ approved growth plans.

What participants will do

What participants will learn


    Facebook tools for scale:

    Participants will learn how to optimize Facebook's family of apps, tools and features to grow and scale their communities.


    Community growth strategy:

    Participants will learn multiple growth strategies and how to leverage each to grow their communities.


    Measuring and communicating impact:

    Participants will learn how to define, measure and communicate the impact their communities have on the world.


    In our discussions with community leaders over the last few years, we’ve learned that many of them are looking for support and guidance in how to grow their communities. We want to take a holistic approach to supporting these communities. So in addition to building the tools and educational resources that they need, we’re also building programmatic ways to provide training, support and funding to enable great communities to make an even greater positive impact in the world.

    A committee of Facebook employees and external experts selected participants through a process consisting of a written application, a video submission and interviews. The committee reviewed the community’s impact and trajectory, the leadership team and the community’s needs and goals.

    The selection committee looked for communities who would benefit most from the unique programming offered and have the capacity to engage fully in the program. This includes:

    • Established Community: An existing community (either online or offline) who has an engaged member base and has existed for over one year.
    • Social Impact: A desire to create social impact that betters people’s lives through their community.
    • Appetite to Grow: The community leaders know that growing their community through Facebook’s family of apps is their next challenge and are willing and excited to scale.
    • Capacity: A team that has the capacity to scale their community using Facebook’s family of apps and can manage the growth and work that comes with it.
    • Leadership: The leader(s) of the community have leadership experience, including managing teams and projects.
    • Business Model / Income Strategy: The community has a business model or is close to having a business model to cover their costs, even if it isn’t recurring revenue.
    • Commitment: A team that is committed to engage fully in each stage of the program.

    Facebook will work with GlobalGiving to fund participants’ approved growth plans. Up to $3 million total will be awarded to program participants. Selected participants will each receive up to $30k to execute their growth plans during the 6-month program and could be eligible to receive part of the $500K additional funding available at the end of the program to further grow their communities and impact.

    Our aim is to continue to support communities through future programs. Please stay tuned for future opportunities to apply.

    For press inquiries, please contact us at press@fb.com.