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Grants and Award Opportunities for Winter 2018

Winners will be presented at the 86th Winter Meeting January 2018 in Washington, DC.

Childhood Obesity Prevention Grants

More than $400,000 in grants will be awarded to cities that will support and expand childhood obesity prevention programs.

  • Sponsor: American Beverage Association
  • Award Categories: First place in small, medium and large city will be $100,000, $120,000, and $150,000, respec ve- ly. Second place awards of $25,000 will also be made in each category
  • Application Period: August 2017

USCM Contact: Crystal Swann (202) 861-6707

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Leadership in the Arts

Honors elected officials and artists that have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the advancement of the arts.

  • Sponsor: Americans for the Arts & The U.S. Conference of Mayors
  • Award Categories: One large city mayor & one small city mayor
  • Application Period: December 2017

USCM Contact: Tom McClimon (202) 861-6729

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DollarWise Innovation Grants

Through these grants, DollarWise seeks to recognize and fund local financial education efforts that are both innovative and replicable by other communities. For fiscal year 2017, DollarWise will award one Innovation Grant to a city that integrates financial education into an English as a Second Language (ESL) initiative; one grant to a city that incorporates financial education into its public housing program; and one grant to a prisoner re-entry program.

  • Sponsor: Bank of America Charitable Foundation
  • Award Categories: Three $10,000 awards
  • Application Period: December 2017

Contact: James Kirby (202) 861-6759

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DollarWise Summer Youth Grants

Each year, through its Summer Youth Campaign, Dollarwise encourages mayors to incorporate a financial education component into their cities’ summer youth employment and year-round youth programs. Cities may use these grants to provide incentives for youth to develop responsible financial habits, to establish evaluation techniques for the financial education component of their summer programming, or other innovative ideas. DollarWise will provide two Youth Campaign Grants; one to a summer job program; the other to a year-round youth program.

  • Sponsor: Bank of America Charitable Foundation
  • Award Categories: Two $10,000 awards
  • Application Period: December 2017

Contact: James Kirby (202) 861-6759

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Grants and Award Opportunities for Summer 2018

Winners will be presented at the 86th Annual Meeting in Boston.

City Livability

Established in 1979, the City Livability Awards honors mayors and their city governments for developing programs that enhance the quality of life in urban areas. The award highlights mayors for improving the quality of life for their residents in innovative and creative ways.

  • Sponsor: Waste Management
  • Award Categories: Ten awards for cities fewer than 100,000
  • people, and ten awards for cities 100,000 or more. In each
  • category: One First-Place, Five Outstanding Achievement,
  • and Four Honorable Mentions
  • Application Deadline: March 10, 2017
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USCM Contact: Jocelyn Bogen (202) 861-6727

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CommunityWINS Grant Program

The Working/Investing in Neighborhood Stabilization Grant Program will award $3 million over three years, to support local nonprofits in promoting long-term economic prosperity and quality of life for their community. Mayors may nominate up to three initiatives or programs through an eligible nonprofit of your choice.

  • Sponsor: Wells Fargo
  • Award Categories: Two Large City ($300,000 First Place, $75,000 Outstanding Achievement), Two Medium City ($150,000 First Place, $50,000 Outstanding Achievement), and Two Small City ($150,000 First Place, $50,000 Outstanding Achievement)
  • Application Deadline: March 17, 2017

Contact: Gene Lowe (202) 861-6710, or Jocelyn Bogen (202) 861-6727,

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National Education Pathways with a Purpose

This partnership will highlight mayors that have expanded creative initiatives to advance both college and career readiness and college completion. Cities will be recognized for developing strong and enduring collaborations between K-12 and higher education systems and employers to address college preparation and long-term success.

  • Sponsor: USA Funds
  • Award Categories: One Large City ($100,000), One Medium City ($75,000), and One Small City ($25,000)
  • Application Period: March 31, 2017

USCM Contact: Kathy Amoroso (202) 861-6723

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Mayors Climate Protection Awards

This award program recognizes and honors mayors for their outstanding and innovative practices that increase energy efficiency, expand renewable energy and/or reduce carbon emissions.

  • Sponsor: Walmart
  • Award Categories: One Large City ($25,000), Three Large City Honorable Men ons ($10,000 each), One Small City ($15,000), and Three Small City Honorable Men ons ($5,000 each)
  • Application Period: April-May 2017

Contact: Kevin McCarty (202) 861-6728

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