For a while, the City of Cincinnati’s private sector has supported and encouraged innovation through a number of accelerator programs. Last month, the City of Cincinnati unveiled its Engage Cincy Challenge Grant which seeks to: “Identify and fund innovative ideas to generate community engagement.”
The grant opened on October 1st, 2015 and will close on December 1st, 2015. It will award five winning applications up to $10,000 dollars each:
“The Engage Cincy Challenge is open to individuals, businesses and organizations with creative ideas to help build community within a neighborhood or the city as a whole…
…We’re looking for innovative new approaches to elevate community engagement as it relates to the government connecting to its citizens, citizens communicating with the government and within the neighborhoods themselves,” says Harry Black, Cincinnati City Manager. “We want this to be a wide open process. Engage Cincy is an out-of-the-box thinking experience. We’re looking for innovative programs that foster and nurture some sort of civic activity within a neighborhood that the city can support, further enable and perhaps scale up.”
Contributor: Brian Stewart, Pepperdine School of Public Policy, MPP Candidate ’17.