Next Generation Engagement Awards Application Available

  • Next Century Cities
WASHINGTON — The Next Generation Engagement Awards will reward communities harnessing high-speed Internet to enhance citizens’ democratic participation and engagement.

The awards are led by Next Century Cities. Winning communities will receive financial resources, technical support from experts, and workshops to connect with other innovators. The competition is designed to strengthen and learn from cities’ efforts to drive more participatory democracy and civic engagement using high-speed broadband.

  • Winning communities will be awarded up to $30,000 to implement or enhance projects that tap high-speed Internet access to better engage their citizens in the democratic and civic process.

  • Winning communities will also receive hands-on technical assistance from Next Century Cities to implement their plans and peer-to-peer connections with other innovative municipalities.

  • At least three communities will win the inaugural Awards. Applications will be accepted through June 15, 2016 and winners will be announced in late summer. Apply here.

  • Examples of areas ripe for innovation include: Participatory budgeting; Public transportation and urban planning; Involvement in local government deliberations; or Community concern reporting and response.

  • Communities applying will be expected to demonstrate how, in addition to the award funding, they will contribute funds or use in-kind support, partner support, or a combination to ensure the project’s success.

  • All municipalities are encouraged to apply. Communities do not need to be members of Next Century Cities. Applications will only be accepted from municipal employees.

Application Forms

Budget (download)

View the Next Generation Engagement Awards Fact Sheet here.


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