To further encourage leaders and strengthen its Community Leadership Programme, Facebook has instituted a $10 million grant to leaders and “tens of millions of dollars” to the programme globally.
The Programme is designed to empower leaders from around the world who are building communities through the Facebook family of apps and services.
Making this announcement at the Facebook Communities Summit held in Europe over the weekend, Head of Groups and Community, Jennifer Dulski noted that Community leaders often tell Facebook that with additional support they could have more impact. And the new grant presents a good opportunity to do more.
To this effect, the $10 million in grants will go directly to people creating and leading communities.
In addition, Facebook introduced new tools for group admins and the expansion of the company’s London-based engineering team that builds technology to help keep people safe on Facebook.
Other incentives for the programme include Residency and Fellowship opportunities offer, training, support and funding for community leaders from around the world.
According to Facebook’s Vice President, Product Partnerships, Ime Archibong, up to five leaders will be selected to be Community Leaders in residence and awarded up to $1,000,000 (One Million Dollars) each to fund their proposals.
Up to 100 leaders will be selected for Facebook’s fellowship program and will receive up to $50,000 (fifty thousand dollars) each to be used for a specific community initiative.
Community Leadership Circles bring local community leaders together to meet up in person to connect, learn, and collaborate. Facebook piloted three circles in the US in 2017 and will be expanding globally this year.
“Groups for Facebook Power Admins, which Facebook currently runs with more than 10,000 group admins in the US and UK, are expanding to more members to help them share advice with one another and connect with our team to test new features and share feedback,” he stated.
Facebook has opened applications opportunities for the residency and fellowship programme.
Facebook recently added new tools to help Group Admins to keep their communities safe, organized and engaged. The four new features to support them are Admin tools which now centralizes member requests, Group Insights and more for the Admin in one place, making it easier to manage groups and freeing up more time for admins to connect with members.
Also Group announcements, which helps Group Admins to share updates, and post up to 10 announcements that appear at the top of their group; and Group rules were introduced. Finally, Personalization which allows each community to have its own identity ensures uniqueness to different communities.
“People find meaning and support in community, online and in person. The programs and tools Facebook announced today are designed to help the admins who lead these communities to grow and strengthen bonds among members. The platform is inspired by these leaders and look forward to continuing its efforts to support them,” Archibong assured.