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2019 Georgia Smart Communities Challenge

Grantor: Georgia Institute of Technology
Posted: March 12, 2019
Due: May 3, 2019

The 2019 Georgia Smart Communities Challenge (Georgia Smart) is now accepting applications from all Georgia communities.

Georgia Smart is a competitive one-year program that supports local governments of any size within the state of Georgia by providing grant funding and access to technical assistance, expert advice, and a network of peers. Successful applicants will leverage these resources to explore, study, and plan for the use, deployment, and/or integration of smart community technologies into their jurisdictions and operations.

Teams must partner with a Georgia Tech researcher who will assist and advise the team and conduct research in support of the community’s needs and goals. Research projects will be designed by the teams in coordination with the Georgia Tech researcher and may include such varied topics as policy development, creation of a technology roadmap, transportation analysis, the development of a prototype or pilot technology or “app” for public engagement, or any other relevant research topic.

Georgia Smart will sponsor a cohort of up to four teams this year from the state of Georgia, each executing their own project plan. Please click here to see additional information on Georgia Smart 2018 Challenge Winners.

Applicants are highly encouraged to participate in at least one pre-proposal event held by the Georgia Institute of Technology to become acquainted further with this grant opportunity. Applicants who wish to learn more should attend our Smart Community Growth Workshop on March 29th, 2019 or our Informational Webinar on April 11th, 2019 at noon.

Program Contact
Please consult the online FAQs or contact Georgia Tech via email at 
scii@ipat.gatech.edu or by phone (404-385-6013) for additional information.
The Grants Update is sent each day at 3:00 PM when new grants have been added in the previous 24 hours.

Resource: Federal and State Resources for Infrastructure Projects

Before your city applies for federal grants:

  • Appoint a contact person
  • Register with Grants.gov using the following steps (please note: this may take between 3 business days and 3 weeks):
Additional information can be found here or by contacting Grants.gov Applicant Support at 1-800-518-4726.