RFP Announcement: Support Expectant Mothers & Babies in Your City Due June 1

May 14, 2020
Baby w/stethoscope

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 small grant program ($5,000 to $10,000 awards) open to US city leaders. 

One of the things COVID-19 has shown us is just how small the world is and how important it is to consider links to other global concerns like a healthy and just world for all. Response to COVID-19 required significant behavioral changes and adaptations. Some of these will likely continue to have an influence in the future. It helps us see that—particularly in a time of crisis—people can change their behavior in ways that positively impact others and their surroundings.

Amidst this incredibly challenging time for everyone—especially for local governments and the mayors at their helm—we are encouraged by the unprecedented amount of change and innovation happening in cities. In our “new normal,” we must identify ways to reimagine the services, policies and infrastructure that can currently cause harm to babies’ brains. How can cities use this crisis to embrace long-term thinking to improve children’s health and reduce health disparities?

To apply for this funding, cities should propose a project that reduces neurotoxic exposures (exposure to lead, mercury, organophosphate pesticides, phthalates, flame retardants, PAHs, PCBs, arsenic, and/or perchlorate) in pregnant women and children under 2 years. Greater consideration will be given to proposals that leverage this grant with local funding to support systematic change, responding specifically to needs highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to a $5,000 to $10,000 financial award, grant recipients will receive technical assistance, an opportunity (with travel support) to present at a future Mayors Innovation Project and development and dissemination of a case study featuring your project.

All project proposals must be submitted to Katya Spear, Mayors Innovation Project Co-Managing Director, at knspear@mayorsinnovation.org by June 1, 2020. Complete project guidelines and examples can be found HERE.

Is your City interested in being part of Healthy Babies Bright Futures’ Bright Cities program? To discuss this and anything else, please contact Bright Cities Program Director, Kyra Naumoff Shields at knaumoff@hbbf.org.