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Global Readiness Challenge

In-Kind Support to USA, Canada, and International
Municipalities to Facilitate Intercity Cooperation

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Smart Cities Council

Deadline Date:

04/15/21 5:00 PM ET


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In-kind support to USA, Canada, and International municipalities for intercity cooperation to solve global problems. Funding is intended to give cities the technological resources and support services needed to create intercity cooperation to benefit all residents. The 2021 Readiness Challenge’s theme is ‘cities helping cities.’ This is open to all cities everywhere and a Readiness Cohort Leader can be any city in the world that is willing to show leadership.

More information about Readiness Cohorts and Readiness Cohort Leaders:

Instead of Readiness Challenge Winners this year, there will be Readiness Cohort Leaders - cities that are willing to share best practices and their own experiences with other cities - so that everyone can solve common problems.

  • A Readiness Cohort is a group of cities from around the world that have agreed to collaborate to solve a common need. Generally, a Readiness Cohort will have a ‘leader,’ which is a city that agrees to provide information about how that need manifests in its city so that everyone can understand it. For example, what does congestion or urban flooding look like in Leader’s city and what are the possible solutions in the Leader’s city.
  • Using the Readiness Cohort Leader’s information and guided by the Council and experts, all cities in the cohort will be able to participate in a process of discovering all the necessary information, stakeholders and possible solutions. All of this work will be captured in Smart Cities Activator, the Council’s online collaborative platform so that all cities participating have a project plan that they can replicate once they add their specific information.

If the city wins, it will be one of several Readiness City Cohort Leaders. There is no cost to the city other than time. The city will lead (with assistance from the Council and global experts) a global effort to solve a common problem.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177843

Estimated Size of Grant:

Benefits for participating:
- Your leadership will be recognized on a global stage
- You will lead a cohort of peers for a calendar quarter, accessing the power and expertise of the worlds longest running smart cities body
- For the rest of the year:
-- You will have collaborative engagement opportunities learning about leading solutions and opportunities for financing
-- You will receive expert advice and assistance in building your business case, risk analysis and implementation plans
-- You will be able to show your community progress in solving your city's problems
-- You will be showcased monthly through the Council's global digital platform, including editorial, case study development and a video interview series to share with others.
- This opportunity has a value of $250,000 - this is the benefit of being a Readiness Cohort Leader.

Term of Contract:

2nd calendar quarter of 2021 (April through June)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The criteria for becoming a Readiness Cohort Leader are:
- Leadership: Does the city share with other cities its learnings and experience from its own smart city projects?
- Transparency: Is the city willing to discuss difficult subjects and lead difficult conversations about issues that affect all people?
- Commitment: Is the city committed to being a leader and helping other cities, regardless of its size, budgets, and location?
- Willingness: Is the city committed to leading a Readiness Cohort in 2021 providing personnel, insights and information about a shared problem?

Pre-Application Information:

Applications for leading a Readiness Cohort for the 2nd calendar quarter of 2021 (April through June) are due on April 15, 2021 at 5 pm ET.

Multiple local governments can join an application, but one city must act as the Applicant. The Applicant does not need to have the largest population of those local governments supporting the application. Local governments may only join a single application.

More information:

Readiness Guide:

Webinar Video:

Smart Cities Activator:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Philip Bane
Managing Director
202-650-0023 ext. 103

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)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (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.

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