Top 50 Global Urban Innovation Selected by Bloomberg Philanthropies


Foundation: Bloomberg Philanthropies

Bloomberg Philanthropies has announced 50 Champion Cities. They represent the boldest urban innovations in the past year. They will enter the final stage of the 2021 Global Mayor’s Challenge. A global innovation competition for promising ideas.

They stand out from a crowd of highly competitive applicants: Mayors of 631 cities from 99 countries/regions submitted their most promising ideas for consideration. This is twice the number of applicants from the 2018 The Bloomberg Philanthropy Foundation’s Mayor’s Challenge.

The applicants demonstrate a powerful snapshot of the world’s urban innovation priorities.

The 50 finalists will enter the four-month test phase. The foundation and its network of leading innovation experts will help to refine their ideas with technical assistance. Read the Entire Article


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$3 Million for Arts and Culture in Philadelphia
Foundation: Philadelphia Foundation

Four artists and five cultural organizations received a total of $3 million in grants to support Philadelphia's art and culture recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Forman Art Initiative...more

Coastal South Carolina Gets $685k to Support Black Communities and Build Resilience
Foundation: Coastal Community Foundation, Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina

Officials from the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina stated that they have provided $685,000 to 37 non-profit organizations led and/or served by blacks in the three-county area to...more

Tulsa Higher Education Consortium Seeks to Train and Retain Local Talent
Foundation: Tulsa Community Foundation

The recently launched Tulsa Higher Education Consortium hopes to increase the number of bachelor’s degrees awarded and offer better economic mobility for Tulsans. The initiative brings together...more

Cleveland Foundation Jumpstarts its Equity Initiatives with the Black Futures Fund
Foundation: Cleveland Foundation

The Cleveland Black Futures Fund is just one step in a long-term process toward the Cleveland Foundation becoming a more equitable grantmaker. According to Keisha González, program manager of...more

$4 Million Contributions to House Marin County Homeless Vets
Foundation: Marin Community Foundation

After receiving $4 million in funding from the state budget, the construction of the first priority housing project for homeless veterans in Marin County will break ground next year. This funding...more

Foundation Accepting Applications for Small Business Grant Program
Foundation: Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham

The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham is accepting applications for a new grant program designed to support underserved small businesses throughout the region. The grant will help Community...more

Akron Arts Challenge Returns with Focus on Technology
Foundation: Knight Foundation

The Knight Foundation is publicly calling on artists and art organizations to apply for the Knight Art Challenge during July. Artists and arts organizations in Akron can submit 150-words to...more

Pillow Therapy Community Building Workshop Seeks Donations
Foundation: Community Foundation of Lorain County

The Community Foundation of Lorain County held its first community project, a pillow therapy workshop designed to foster a sense of healing, relaxation and comfort in making pillows and was looking...more

Maine Community Foundation Grant Supports Co-Working Space and Artist Cottage
Foundation: Maine Community Foundation

Monson's Economic Development Committee has received a $17,000 grant from the Maine Community Foundation's "Start Up Scale Up" program to support Monson’s new Co-working Space and Artist Cottage....more

Two Portland groups Recieve Significant Contributions
Foundation: Oregon Community Foundation

Two groups, one in Portland and the other with strong local connections, received funding from a well-known philanthropist. The Oregon Arts and Culture Recovery Fund of the Oregon Community...more






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