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City: One Austin Challenge

Opportunity for USA Individuals, Organizations, Nonprofits, and Legal Entities
to Propose Ideas to Improve Mobility for Residents of East Austin, Texas

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Opportunity for USA individuals, organizations, nonprofits, partnerships, and legal entities to propose ideas that will improve transportation and mobility for residents in East Austin, Texas. Funding is intended for innovative ideas that benefit residents and encourage a healthier lifestyle. The goal of the challenge is to find opportunities to significantly impact Austin residents and improve access to healthy living, such as medical facilities, grocery stores, recreational areas, around the city's east side.

Opportunity Areas:

1. Supporting health during the unexpected: How to make it easier for people to get to/from their jobs and health resources when the unexpected happens? Solutions are sought that help people stay healthy (physically and emotionally) through difficult times, especially when a family member has a health event or loses their main mode of transportation. As you think about solutions, consider:

  • Supporting families, immigrants and people with disabilities for a limited period of time with affordable transit and healthy food
  • Connecting mothers to same-day, affordable transportation and childcare services
  • Making it easier for those who carpool to easily switch to other carpools when their usual driver falls ill

2. Providing trusted healthy services: How to provide healthy goods and services to immigrants and people of color in a trusted and inclusive way that makes them feel safe. Solutions are sought that help make it easier for everyone to safely ask for help and receive the things they need without fearing for their wellbeing. As you think about solutions, consider:

  • Creating ways for immigrants and people of color to avoid personally identifying themselves to receive health services and bus passes (while still adhering to all applicable laws and regulations)
  • Making it easier for those with linguistic barriers to ask for help and be comfortable receiving care
  • Balancing the use of new technologies (e.g., blockchain, real-time translation) with the reality that many community members don’t have easy access to the internet and digital tools

3. Delivering health to those who want it: How to better connect people who want home delivery with the healthy services available? Solutions are sought to make it easier for people to know what healthy food and service deliveries are available, their costs, and any benefit programs they might qualify for. As you think about solutions, consider:

  • Creating “home” delivery systems that don’t rely on a consistent or long-term address 
  • Partnering home delivery services with tools and programs that reduce social isolation
  • Integrating dynamic scheduling into delivery services, allowing people to receive deliveries anyplace, anytime
  • Crowdsourcing desired drop-off points in local communities to better align with resident’s “activity hubs” (i.e., aligning service delivery to the time a major church finishes services

4. Connecting neighborhoods to hubs: How to help people  get around their neighborhoods when Capital Metro buses and other traditional modes are not an option? Solutions are sought to make it easy for everyone to travel from their front door to the bus stop or grocery store one mile away. As you think about solutions, consider:

  • Connecting “winding” neighborhoods to key healthy living points-of-interest and mass transit
  • Coordinating community programs and private businesses to share the same private transportation (e.g., two non-profits and one business uses the same van at different points in the day)
  • Accounting for those community members that cannot afford a $3 transit fee
  • Helping people physically (and emotionally) get out of their front door and easily into a mode of transit.

5. Other - Think outside the box:

  • The Funding Source is looking for interesting, creative ideas that answer the Challenge Question but do not fall under one of the four primary Opportunity Areas. The four primary Opportunity Areas cover many aspects of mobility and healthy living, but certainly not all. Your ideas are wanted!

For evaluation criteria, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186914

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

10-12 finalists and up to two winners

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Finalists: Up to $2,500 stipend
- Winners: Up to $100,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Individuals, teams of individuals, and legal entities are welcome to participate and contribute.

You may only register for the Challenge and be eligible to receive the monetary prize and other prizes and incentives if:
- You are at least the age of majority in the country or territory where you reside, as of the time of entry and you are NOT a resident or citizen of a Prohibited Country or Territory (as defined below) (“Eligible Individuals”);
- You are part of a team of Eligible Individuals (“Teams”). Teams may include individuals under the age of 18, as long as the Representative (defined below) is an Eligible Individual; or
- You are a member of an organization (including corporations, not-for-profit corporations and other non-profit organizations, limited liability companies, partnerships, and other legal entities) that has been organized or incorporated at the time of entry (“Organization”); AND
- Your registration in the Challenge and your receipt of any prize or incentive does not violate any applicable law.

Once registered, Eligible Individuals, Teams or Organizations can apply to participate in the Challenge in any participating city and may be eligible to receive monetary prizes or incentives in each city.

An Eligible Individual may join more than one Team or Organization, and an Eligible Individual who is part of a Team or Organization may also enter the Challenge on an individual basis.

If a Team or Organization is entering the Challenge, they must appoint and authorize one individual (the “Representative”) to represent, act, and submit an application on their behalf. The Representative must meet the eligibility requirements above for an Eligible Individual. By submitting an application through the Site on behalf of a Team or Organization, you represent and warrant that you are the Representative authorized to act on behalf of your Team or Organization.

The following groups may register and participate in the Challenge, both on the Site and in the Workshops, but are NOT eligible to receive monetary prizes or incentives:
- Organizations involved with the design, production, paid promotion or execution of the Challenge (“Promotion Entities”).
- Employees, representatives and agents (“Agents”) of the Promotion Entities and all members of their immediate family or household. “Agents” include individuals or organizations that in Submitting an “idea” to the Challenge (as defined below), are acting on behalf of, and at the direction of, a Promotion Entity through a contractual or similar relationship. The members of an individual’s immediate family include the individual’s spouse, children and stepchildren, parents and stepparents, and siblings and stepsiblings. The members of an individual’s household include any other person that shares the same residence as the individual for at least three (3) months out of the year.
- Any member of the Challenge’s steering committee (the expert panel involved with shortlisting the applicants from the “Propose” phase of the Challenge)(“Steering Committee Member”), or the panel of judges (the panel responsible for choosing the winner(s))(collectively, the “Panel of Judges”) (each a “Judging Panel Member”), or company or individual that employs a Steering Committee Member or Judging Panel Member.
- Any Challenge mentors (individuals who are assigned to specific shortlisted teams to give advice and feedback).
- Eligible Individuals or Organizations who are either residents of (or members of an Organization that is) domiciled in, a country, state, province or territory where the laws of the United States or local law prohibits participating or receiving a prize in the Challenge.
- Any parent company, subsidiary, or other affiliate of any entity described above (“Affiliate”). An Affiliate is defined as: (a) an organization that is under common control, sharing a common majority or controlling owner, or common management; or (b) an organization that has a substantial ownership in, or is substantially owned by the other organization. For the avoidance of doubt, this may include any entity that is funded by, managed by, or substantially related to the participating municipality.
- Any other Eligible Individual or entity whose participation in the Challenge would create, in Ford’s sole discretion, a real or apparent conflict of interest.

You may NOT register and CANNOT otherwise participate in the Challenge, including on the Site and in the Workshops if you are (or your Team or Organization includes) a resident from: the Balkans, Belarus, Brazil, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, France, Germany, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Lebanon, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Venezuela, or Zimbabwe (each a “Prohibited Country or Territory”)

Pre-Application Information:

- Propose Phase: Applications are due by November 5, 2019.
- Refine Stage: During this stage, a steering committee will review all proposals and choose 10-12 finalists, who will receive a stipend and have the opportunity to participate in a workshop to refine their applications. Finalists will be expected to submit a refined pilot proposal by December 20, 2019.
- Select Phase: Judges will review the finalists' proposals, hear their pitches, and interview them starting January 6, 2020.
- Winner(s) will be chosen and announced on January 23, 2020.
- Pilot Phase: Involves Piloting the winning idea(s).

Applicants must register on the City:One Challenge Site



Supporting health during the unexpected:

Providing trusted healthy services:

Delivering health to those who want it:

Connecting neighborhoods to hubs:

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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