Bloomberg Philanthropies: 2017 Mayors ChallengeDeadline: August 18, 2017
U.S. mayors face bigger challenges than ever before. Innovation is no longer optional; it is necessary so cities can continue to deliver results and improve life for residents. The 2017 Mayors Challenge is designed with this urgency in mind. It is an initiative to help city leaders think big, be bold, and uncover inventive — and, ultimately, shareable — ideas that tackle today’s toughest problems. Cities must describe an urgent challenge and how they will tackle that challenge in an innovative way.
Thirty-five Champion Cities will be awarded to begin to bring their ideas to life. Champion Cities will test and refine these ideas, creating a coast-to-coast civic-solutions laboratory. Champion Cities come together for an intensive workshop with innovation experts and leading urban practitioners from Bloomberg Philanthropies’ global network. Here, competitors become collaborators as cities help one another improve their ideas. Champion Cities refine their ideas after the testing phase and then submit a more detailed application focused on implementation, timelines, partners, and more for a chance to win additional funding.
Amount: Thirty-five cities will be awarded up to $100,000 through the initial competition. From these 35 cities, a grand prize winner will be selected to win $5,000,000 and four cities will each be selected to win $1,000,000 to bring their ideas to life.
Eligibility: Cities that are located in the U.S., have more than 30,000 residents within the administrative division of the city or urban area, and that have a local government are eligible to apply.
Note: The August 18, 2017 deadline is for cities to reserve their spot in the competition (a mandatory requirement); applications are due October 20, 2017.