Top 50 Global Urban Innovation Selected by Bloomberg Philanthropies


Foundation: Bloomberg Philanthropies

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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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Grants from Maine Community Foundation to Address COVID-19 Impact
Foundation: Maine Community Foundation

The Cumberland County Committee of the Maine Community Foundation has awarded $113,174 in grants to 16 nonprofits through the Community Building Grant Program, including two grants to ameliorate the...more

Church at Heart of Civil Rghts Stuggle Gets Long-Awaited Federal Support
Foundation: Central Alabama Community Foundation

After nearly three years of waiting, the endangered Montgomery Church, where Martin Luther King Jr. was selected to lead the movement for the first time, has received federal funding and has begun to...more

Coalition for Racial Justice Launches in Santa Cruz
Foundation: Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County

Approximately 300 people showed up to the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County’s “Rise Together” coalition launch party Friday night, many gathering for the first time with friends they...more

$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

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

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

Maine Community Foundation Receives $2.5 Million for Rural Arts
Foundation: Maine Community Foundation

The Maine Community Foundation has received a $2.5 million grant from MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett for its Maine Expansion Art Fund. The endowment fund supports Maine’s indigenous, ethnic or...more

Moline Foundation Disperses Nearly $300,000 to 48 Area Nonprofits
Foundation: Moline Foundation

The Moline Foundation Board awarded $294,500 in grants to 48 area nonprofits, going toward operational costs, capital and program expenses. Grants ranging from $1,000 to $25,000 were approved by...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






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