Bloomberg Philanthropies presents the 2017 Mayors Challenge, which announces funds for cities to develop ideas that solve the most urgent problems facing cities today. Cities, townships, and state governments are eligible to apply. Thirty-five awards will be availalbe of up to $100,000. Deadline: August 18, 2017.
How does it work?
June 2017 - U.S. cities with populations of 30,000 or more are invited to participate. Reserve your city’s spot by August 18, 2017.
July 2017 - Be among the first 300 cities to RSVP and guarantee your city its own in-person Idea Accelerator workshop, designed to help city leaders strengthen idea development by drawing upon the expertise of the community. The one-day workshops will take place starting in late July and run through September.
October 2017 - Cities complete the initial application describing an urgent challenge and how they will tackle that challenge in an innovative way.
January 2018 - 35 Champion Cities will be awarded up to $100,000 to begin to bring their ideas to life. Champion Cities will test and refine these ideas, creating a coast-to-coast civic-solutions laboratory.
March 2018 - 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.
August 2018 - Champion Cities refine their ideas after the testing phase and submit a more detailed application focused on implementation, timelines, partners, and more.
October 2018 - Bloomberg Philanthropies announces the Mayors Challenge winners. The grand prize winner will be awarded $5 million and four cities will each win $1 million to bring their ideas to life.
For more information, visit http://mayorschallenge.bloomberg.org/.