RFP Announcement: Scale Pilot Projects in Your City

April 7, 2021

Bright Cities is thrilled to partner with the Mayors Innovation Project—an innovative organization that supports mayors through annual meetings, specialized cohorts & networks, technical assistance, publications, and more—on a grant program ($10,000 awards) open to US city leaders. 

COVID-19 dramatically altered the ways we live, work, and play, in part by laying bare the racism and inequality inherent in all of our communities. In response, many cities created rapid response pilots and programs to meet immediate and emerging needs. Our 2020 Bright Cities and Mayors Innovation Project (MIP) grant program supported cities’ immediate needs to address COVID-19 with efforts to reduce neurotoxic exposures in pregnant women and babies.

This year, Bright Cities and MIP will provide $10,000 grants to five cities that implement strategies to scale projects that have demonstrated potential to improve children’s health by reducing exposures to toxins that harm babies’ brain development and reduce health disparities. 

Both cities funded in our 2020 grant cycle and new cities are eligible to apply.

Examples of eligible projects are those that:

  • Reduce toxic exposures in public housing and spaces, e.g., toxic-free childcare training and nap mat exchanges; transition to chemical-free turf maintenance; and reducing lead exposures through education and/or remediation projects.
  • Reduce toxic exposures in city purchasing, e.g., environmentally preferable purchasing policies that require products purchased are sustainable and free of neurotoxic chemicals.
  • Reduce toxic exposures in food, e.g., using municipal land for organic produce cultivation, increasing availability of local/organic produce; working collaboratively with residents in low access food areas to develop solutions to the lack of healthy food access.
  • Reduce toxic exposures in outdoor air, e.g., planting of trees and/or vegetative barriers near busy streets to reduce pollutants; transitioning park management strategies to chemical-free methods, and other green infrastructure projects.

In addition to a $10,000 financial award, the five grant recipients will receive technical assistance, an opportunity to present at a future Mayors Innovation Project meeting, and development and distribution of a case study and blog featuring your project.

All project proposals must be submitted to Kyra Naumoff Shields at knaumoff@hbbf.org by May 3, 2021. Complete project guidelines and examples can be found here.