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Readiness Challenge Grant

In-Kind Support to USA, Canada, and Mexico Regional Authorities and
Agencies for Smart Technology Programs to Improve City Sustainability

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In-kind support and resources to USA, Canada, and Mexico government agencies and regional authorities to participate in a large-scale smart technology program to improve urban areas. Funding is intended to give cities the technological resources and support services needed to create sustainable communities that will benefit all residents.

Eligible cities are expected to demonstrate a clear vision and an ecosystem of stakeholders and community partners. The Council is looking for smart city projects that are cross-cutting, impactful, and inclusive.

For each winning city, the Council will deliver a full-year Readiness Program, including mentoring, an outcome-oriented Readiness Workshop in your city, a Readiness Roadmap based on your priorities, plus regular progress calls and follow-on workshops. Winners also receive nationwide publicity as a great place to live and work, plus travel scholarships to Smart Cities Week twice per year to continue your learning. To top it off, winners also get access to financiers who can structure public/private partnerships and other forms of alternative financing.

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GrantWatch ID#: 177843

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The 2019 Readiness Challenge is open to all levels of government in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, regardless of size, including townships, cities, counties, states, provinces, and territories. Also eligible are regional authorities (transit, ports, airports) and regional collaborations such as utility-city and university-city partnerships. Even innovation districts and smart developments can apply.

Pre-Application Information:

The application period closes February 15, 2019. Winners will be announced in spring 2019.

Prior to applying applicants should talk to key stakeholders, articulate a smart cities vision, and identify at least three potential projects. Past winners have found that preparation requires a few weeks of data gathering.

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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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Jesse Berst, Chairman
phone: 202-650-0023 ext. 102

Smart Cities Council
Smart Cities Council, Inc
1900 Campus Commons Drive, Suite 100
Reston, VA 20191

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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)

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.