New Bloomberg Philanthropies Competition Seeks Cities With Innovative Responses to Covid

Patrons watch sports outside in the frigid January 2021 weather as dining is restricted to 'outdoors onl'y during the coronavirus pandemic in New York City.

Patrons watch sports outside in the frigid January 2021 weather as dining is restricted to 'outdoors onl'y during the coronavirus pandemic in New York City. STRF/STAR MAX/IPx 2021

 

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Fifteen winners will receive $1 million each and other support to implement their ideas.

Bloomberg Philanthropies has announced a new competition that will award $1 million to 15 cities that present leading ideas for responding to different aspects of the coronavirus pandemic.

The group kicked off its latest Global Mayors Challenge on Monday. It will be open to cities around the world with 100,000 people or more and will be focused around four themes: Economic recovery and inclusive growth; health and wellbeing; climate and environment; and good governance and equality.

“The Bloomberg Philanthropies 2021 Global Mayors Challenge is designed to support leaders who are on the cutting edge of urban policy and work with them to test their most innovative ideas—and spread what works to other cities around the world," Michael Bloomberg, a former New York City mayor, businessman and founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies, said in a statement.

Eligible cities will have until March 21 to apply. The ideas a city presents can be in any stage of implementation.

Fifty finalists will get support to help them improve their ideas. Then, from that pool of cities, 15 grand prize winners will be selected for the $1 million awards to help them further the plans they've developed. Bloomberg Philanthropies expects to announce the 50 finalists in June and to award the $1 million grand prizes late this year.

Between 2013 and 2018 the philanthropy group held four similar contests, two in the U.S.

More information about this year's competition, including details about how to apply, can be found here

Bill Lucia is a senior reporter for Route Fifty and is based in Olympia, Washington.

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