A community project is a term applied to any community-based project. This covers a wide variety of different areas within a community or a group of networking entities. Projects can cover almost anything, including the most obvious section of concern to any community, the welfare element. Welfare community projects would for example be, a locally run and locally funded orphanage; a Christmas dinner kitchen for the homeless. Another important sector of importance to the community would be charity. Charitable projects in the community can include, but are not limited to, ecological charities concerned with either the maintenance of green spaces, or in some cases, the prevention of the reduction/removal of green spaces. An old clothes collection service would also be a community-based charity project. One important subdivision of community projects, and at times overlooked, is those of an economic nature such as . The highlight of economic community projects is what is known as Transition Towns. Most economic community projects are designed at creating some sort of economic autonomy.
It begins when a small collection of motivated individuals within a community come together with a shared concern: how can our community respond to the challenges, and opportunities, of Peak Oil and Climate Change?
All community projects are different in some way; the size and scope of these projects is determined firstly by the community they cater to. The term community is defined as:
Community (plural communities)
- 1. Group of people sharing a common understanding who reveal themselves by using the same language, manners, tradition and law
- 2. Commune or residential/religious collective
- 3. The condition of having certain attitudes and interests in common
- 4. (Ecology) A group of interdependent organisms inhabiting the same region and interacting with each other
- 5. (Virtual) A group of people interacting by electronic means for social, professional, educational or other purposes
According to the definition, a community could be the entire human race or parts of it anywhere on the planet. However, in regards to community-based projects the community is usually determined by geography, or demographics such as age group, gender and income.
Nevertheless, it is fairly safe to say unsubstantiated opinionthat with the success of economic community projects, there will definitelyunsubstantiated opinion be more attention focused on the autonomy of their respective community.