Bloomberg Offers Grants To Help Cities Innovate

NEW YORK (AP) -

American cities looking to be more innovative in how they address local issues can now get a helping hand from former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s charitable foundation.

Bloomberg Philanthropies on Wednesday announced that it’s putting $45 million into Innovation Delivery grants to help cities create teams that use data and other tools to come up with ideas for how to tackle problems.

“We’re asking cities to do so much more,” said James Anderson, who leads the government innovation programs at the foundation. “We need cities to come up with bigger, better ideas more often, and we don’t want to leave innovation to chance.”

In this second round, eligible cities must have populations above 100,000 and be led by mayors who have at least two years left in office.