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Cities Forward is a new program focused on solving key sustainability, equity and resilience challenges by delivering technical assistance to Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) cities, and helping them form partnerships aimed at helping them achieve their goals.

The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) announces an open competition for U.S. based organizations (see eligibility information in C.1) interested in submitting applications to implement “Cities Forward” - a new program focused on solving key sustainability, equity and resilience challenges by delivering technical assistance to Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) cities - and helping them form partnerships to help them achieve their goals.

Background: On June 7th, 2022, at the 9th Summit of the Americas (SOA), President Biden announced the first ever “Cities Summit of the Americas” (CSOA) and further announced that a new “Cities Forward” initiative would be a key component of that Cities Summit, helping governments throughout the Hemisphere achieve the commitments they made at the 9th SOA through sub-national engagement.  The Cities Summit of the Americas will be held in Denver the week of the 24th of April, 2023. This “Cities Forward” funding opportunity is expected to be awarded, depending upon the availability of funds, in time for an official program launch at the CSOA, on/about April 26, 2023.

State Department funding will help selected small, medium, and large cities connect to U.S. peers and develop sustainability action plans and implementation strategies to address local challenges aligned with U.S. foreign policy priorities, including equitable green job creation; new investments in sustainable technologies, digitization, and green infrastructure, enhanced air, water, and waste pollution mitigation; and improved climate adaptation and resilience in the built environment.  In turn, these actions are expected to result in better human and environmental health, improved government services delivery, and more green livelihoods created in under-served incorporated urban areas and/or in quasi-permanent unincorporated peri-urban communities.

Estimated Total Program Funding: $3,950,000
Expected Number of Awards: 1

Application Deadline: March 8, 2023