Police Reform and Equitable Justice Grant Program

This competitive awards program is aimed at identifying, supporting, and promoting cities’ police policies and practices that have been found to be effective in advancing the goal of justice for all residents. The program is now in its third year.

  • Sponsor: Target
  • Award Categories: $175,000 to one city of 300,000 residents or more; $100,000 to one city in the 100,000-300,000 population range; $75,000 to one city with up to 100,000 residents.
  • Application Period: Spring

Contact: Mike Brown | [email protected]

Childhood Obesity Prevention and Environmental Health and Sustainability Grants

$745,000 in grants will be awarded to cities that will support and expand childhood obesity prevention, environmental health, and sustainability programs.

  • Sponsor: American Beverage Association
  • Award Categories: First place in small, medium, and large city will be $125,000, $175,000, and $250,000, respectively. Second place awards of $50,000 and third place awards of $15,000 will also be made in each category.
  • Application Period: Fall
  • Winners Announced at Winter Meeting

Contact: Crystal Swann | [email protected]

Leadership in the Arts

This award honors elected officials and artists that have demonstrated outstanding leadership in advancing the arts.

  • Sponsor: Americans for the Arts and The United States Conference of Mayors
  • Award Categories: One large-city mayor and one small-city mayor
  • Application Period: Fall
  • Winners Announced at the Winter Meeting

Contact: Tom McClimon | [email protected]

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: First Place Large-City Award ($25,000) and First Place Small-City Award ($15,000), with the winning mayors designating a non-profit organization working on sustainability issues in their cities.
  • Application Period: Spring
  • Winners Announced at the Annual Meeting

Contact: Kevin McCarty | [email protected]

DollarWise Innovation Grants

Each year, the DollarWise Economic Mobility Campaign awards seven USCM member cities with a $10,000 Innovation Grant to support economic mobility in underserved and underrepresented communities. The Innovation Grant Program is designed to help cities develop and scale local efforts that help working people and families remove barriers to economic mobility and build intergenerational wealth. Through these grants, DollarWise seeks to recognize and fund local economic mobility efforts that are innovative, impactful, and replicable in additional cities nationwide.

  • Sponsor: Bank of America Charitable Foundation
  • Award Categories: Three $10,000 awards
  • Application Period: Fall
  • Winners Announced at the Winter Meeting

Contact: Dave Gatton | [email protected]