**Some programs are limited. Please read solicitations carefully and consult your Office of Research for specifics, such as limited applications through your university and internal application deadlines.**

The Thriving Cities Challenge, centered on urban resilience and equity, is the first incentive challenge of its to be offered by the Salazar Center for North American Conservation at Colorado State University. In 2021, the Salazar Center seeks to invest in urban dwellers who are working to realize transformational change in their communities. With a focus on advancing and amplifying racial equity and BIPOC leadership in North American cities, the Thriving Cities Challenge will support projects that use nature-based solutions to achieve climate resilience and community health outcomes. 

Through this process, the Salazar Center aims to support all applicants and create a sustainable community of interest around these topics, regardless of which team ultimately wins the final prize. All applicants will receive substantive feedback on their proposals, and the Salazar Center will also offer applicants exposure to other funders in its network, and, where appropriate, may facilitate connections between fellow applicants should there be opportunity for collaboration or peer-learning. Finalist teams will receive small capacity building grants and additional resources, will have the opportunity to connect with one another through a cohort model, and will be assigned a mentor. The Challenge takes place over several months and includes an initial application, scoring by a panel of experienced evaluators, capacity-building and support for a small group of finalists, and a final pitch event to select the winning team. 

The winning team will be awarded a $50,000-$100,000 prize.

An informational webinar for interested applicants will be held on March 15th at 2:00pm EDT. Register HERE.

Application Deadline: April 15, 2021

Learn more about this competition at: https://thrivingcitieschallenge.org.