Danbury Named Finalist in Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge

February 22, 2018


Danbury is among 35 Champion Cities in Competition for Grand Prize


DANBURY, CT – The City of Danbury is one of 35 finalists in the 2018 U.S. Mayors Challenge, a nationwide competition that encourages city leaders to uncover bold, inventive ideas that confront the toughest problems cities face. Out of 320 applicants, Danbury rose to the top for our innovative approach to finding a solution to the lack of affordable childcare options for low-income families. Within the city limits, nearly 1,000 children are forced to attend unlicensed daycare facilities. The City of Danbury in partnership with United Way of Western Connecticut will provide incentives and training to individuals who want to establish home-based childcare, thus reducing reliance on unlicensed services or unaffordable options for working parents.

The City will now embark on a 6-month testing phase, competing with the 34 other cities to conduct public prototypes of our idea with grant funding of $100,000. This “Test, Learn, and Adapt” phase includes personalized support from innovation experts. After the test program, the City will submit a new application in August 2018 to compete for the grand prize to bring our ideas to fruition. Four cities will receive $1 million awards and one will receive a grand prize of $5 million.

“This grant will enable the City of Danbury and the United Way to partner with entrepreneurial and driven residents looking to start a business and make themselves self-sustainable,” said Mayor Boughton. “The benefit of this program is not only lifting families up, but also helping children gain access to affordable and quality childcare.

About Bloomberg Philanthropies

Bloomberg Philanthropies works in over 120 countries around the world to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people. The organization focuses on five key areas for creating lasting change: Arts, Education, Environment, Government Innovation, and Public Health. Bloomberg Philanthropies encompasses all of Michael R. Bloomberg’s charitable activities, including his foundation and his personal giving. In 2016, Bloomberg Philanthropies distributed $600 million. For more information, please visit www.bloomberg.org or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter. Updates regarding the Mayors Challenge will be available at mayorschallenge.bloomberg.org and @bloombergcities on Twitter.

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