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2021 Mayors Challenge

Grants and Consulting Services to USA, Canada, and International Cities to
Implement Innovative Ideas Developed During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Grants and consulting services to USA, Canada, and International cities to implement innovative ideas developed in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Focus areas include climate and environment, economic recovery and inclusive growth, health and wellbeing, and good governance and equality.

The Mayors Challenge is looking for the 50 leading urban innovations that were imagined or launched in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. These ideas can be in any stage of implementation, but must have the potential for meaningful impact, and the ability to spread to other cities.

Cities are invited to submit ideas that address one or more of four overarching themes:

  • Health & wellbeing – Addressing the medical, behavioral, and social determinants of health for residents
  • Climate & environment – Tackling the root causes and effects of climate change in order to build more livable and resilient cities
  • Economic recovery & inclusive growth – Creating systems and solutions that allow all city residents to overcome economic distress and thrive
  • Good governance & equality – Using city powers to tackle oppression, promote fairness, and improve participation

Selection Criteria

Applications are evaluated across four distinct criteria:

  • Vision: Ideas should be bold, creative, and, importantly, should tackle the most pressing issues facing your city today.
  • Implementation: Though implementation plans may not be fully developed, cities must demonstrate their commitment and a viable path to bringing their ideas to life. This includes garnering support from citizens and key stakeholders.
  • Impact: In order to be successful, ideas should have the potential to significantly improve citizens' lives.
  • Transferability: Winning ideas must have the potential to spread to, and succeed in, other cities. Issues addressed should be timely, relevant, and should address problems faced by other cities.

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GrantWatch ID#: 181919

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Number of Grants:

50 champion cities and fifteen grand prize winners

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This year's Global Mayors Challenge will give 50 champion cities access to world-renowned experts in innovation and data to help them improve upon their idea. Fifteen grand prize winners will then receive $1 million each to begin the implementation of their breakthrough ideas.

Term of Contract:

Funds will be distributed over a two- or three-year period, depending on the particulars of the project.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The 2021 Global Mayors Challenge is open to all cities with populations greater than 100,000 residents.

Pre-proposal Conference:

This webinar aims to provide guidance to the cities on how to complete submissions for the 2021 Global Mayors Challenge. Tune in and get answers to your most pressing questions.

February 16 at 8:00 p.m. EST (February 17 at 01:00 GMT) use this link:

Pre-Application Information:

- 11 January 2021: Competition Launch
- January-March 2021: Cities are invited to participate in a series of virtual convenings with global experts to learn more about the competition, and receive guidance on completing a winning application to the Mayors Challenge.
- 21 March 2021: Submit your idea
- June 2021: Finalists announced
- June-October 2021: Strengthen your idea
- October 2021: Resubmit your proposal
- Late 2021: Grand prize winners announced
- January 2022-December 2023: Implementation Support

Each city can submit only one application, representing a single idea.

All eligible cities must RSVP at the link listed below in Contact Information. Shortly after you reserve your city’s spot, you will receive additional information about the application process.

Webinar Information:
A Mayors Challenge like no other:
The Mayors Challenge, by the numbers:

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.

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