Process

In the inaugural competition, 20 cities submitted proposals to the Working Cities Challenge and took part in an extensive application process.

Eligible Cities learn more

Eligibility for the Working Cities Challenge varies across regions and rounds. The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, in conjunction with our round partners, announces eligibility criteria for based on population, median family income, and poverty levels.

Expressions of Interest learn more

Expressions of Interest, or letters of intent, are required for all prospective applicant teams intending to participate in the Working Cities Challenge. Expressions of Interest help foster collaboration and communication among prospective teams.

Implementation Grant Applications learn more

Design Grant winners are eligible to apply for implementation awards, generally in the range of $300,000-500,000. Implementation awards are multi-year grants selected by an independent jury not consisting of the Boston Fed.

Implementation Grants Awarded learn more

The Boston Fed, in conjunction with our partners, announces Implementation Grant awards. Implementation grants are multi-year awards and winners are selected by an independent jury not consisting of the Boston Fed. Implementation awards are generally $300,000-500,000.

Evaluation learn more

During the implementation phase, evaluations are conducted by independent third parties. Evaluations capture progress and areas of improvement.

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