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AdvancingCities is a $500 million, five-year initiative to invest in solutions that bolster the long-term vitality of the world’s cities and the communities within them that have not benefited from economic growth.

The Challenge is a competition to source and seed creative, collaborative and sustainable solutions that address cross-cutting challenges to help more people benefit from a growing economy. Through the Challenge, we will make commitments in up to 30 communities across the United States.

Competition sparks novel solutions and encourages diverse stakeholders to join forces around a shared goal. We have seen this effect firsthand through our hallmark competitions - such as the Partnerships for Raising Opportunity in Neighborhoods (PRO Neighborhoods) initiative and the Financial Solutions Lab - and it’s the driver behind the AdvancingCities Challenge.

Through the Challenge, we are inviting cities to compete for up to $5 million to support innovative, sustainable solutions that help more people benefit from a growing economy. These ideas must demonstrate a collaborative approach that includes a shared understanding of goals and priorities, strong leadership among a diverse set of actors and innovative approaches that move beyond ‘business as usual’ — an approach that is essential to solving complex challenges.

2020 Challenge Winners

2019 Challenge Winners

Issues that AdvancingCities
Challenge Could Address Include:


Barriers to economic opportunity

Financial insecurity of residents

Growing trend of reurbanization

The skills gap