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New competition to help poor in U.S. cities

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A new competition is offering grant money and guidance to organizations that can help poor and vulnerable populations in U. S. cities.

The Future Cities Accelerator, launched by the Rockefeller Foundation, will award a total of US$1 million to ten charitable or for-profit organizations. The accelerator is looking for ten “early-stage” organizations that would each receive $100,000. Recipients also would benefit from nine months of training and support that would feature mentoring, fundraising tips and a five-day bootcamp in Denver.

An announcement says the solutions should address the most pressing urban challenges facing American cities, from crime and inequality to climate change and pollution, and be scalable. The foundation has partnered with the Unreasonable Institute on the project. The Boulder, Colorado-based organization matches entrepreneurs tackling social problems with funders and mentors.

Applications are due September 25, with winners to be announced January 4, 2017. Apply here.

(Disclosure: the Rockefeller Foundation is a funder of Citiscope.)

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