American Cities Practice
We focus on expanding the dissemination and implementation of smart, effective urban policy and practice by building on what the foundation has learned from our work and experience in Detroit and translating these lessons to partners in other American cities.
We fund efforts that aim to deepen understanding of how America’s urban centers are addressing pressing challenges such as economic restructuring, fiscal collapse, infrastructure needs, racial and economic inequity, inclusive growth and natural disasters and resource demands. To meet this goal, we support activities and research projects that help American cities grappling with a wide array of vital urban issues.
We support place-based projects in other cities, leading nonprofits in urban development and practice as well as fund research on how non-traditional actors can contribute to the community investment system and how technology can transform America’s cities for the better.
How We Work
We invite proposals that support research, policy advocacy, evaluation, technology, partnerships, and direct services, all of which integrate with other programmatic work across the foundation.
The American Cities Practice invites projects that represent:
- Place-based programmatic activities, research and collaboration.
- Partnerships or networks of institutions (not individual institutions).
- Have potential for long-term sustainability.
- Have potential for broad scalability or replicability.
- Media projects that are tightly aligned with our investment priorities.
- Offer opportunities to reinforce change within our cross-team, focus cities, (New Orleans, Memphis, and others) which are rooted in our program teams existing work and their areas of policy expertise.
- Work that has the potential to lead to systemic changes.
We occasionally invite applications for specific efforts through a request-for-proposal process. When available, grant opportunities are listed on the Current Grant Opportunities page.
We use a full array of funding and investment tools to foster change, including project grants, operating support, planning grants and program-related investments. Program-related investments may take the form of direct loans, guarantees that provide credit support to borrowers or linked deposits. (Learn more about our social investing.)
Most of our grants span 1-3 years. We also use resources to convene partners to learn and lead. And, in certain situations, when project proposals offer opportunities to advance the goals of multiple teams, those teams will jointly fund the proposal.
We seek potential partners and new funding opportunities through our involvement in meetings and conferences and with partner organizations, institutions and fellow foundations.
- The University of Southern California
- The Urban Institute
- The Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution
- The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
- The Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
- Low-Income Investment Fund
- Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
- Living Cities Initiative
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