Georgia Smart Communities Challenge
The Georgia Smart Communities Challenge is a competitive program that supports local governments of any size within the State of Georgia—cities, counties, and consolidated city-county governments—by providing funding, access to technical assistance, expert advice, and a network of peers. Georgia Smart communities will receive access to a breadth of resources including a team of researchers, Georgia Smart program management, Smart Community Corps, and Georgia Smart partners. Alumni have successfully implemented their project and garnered additional funding and technical assistance to continue their project beyond the program period, continuing to service their residents and meet their community’s goals. They have also garnered national recognition for their projects and served as a model for other communities in addressing similar problems.
Georgia Smart Highlights
- One research grant per community-researcher applicant team, up to $100,000 total
- Supporting projects under a new theme each year. Previous themes include: Community Connectivity and Smart Resilience
- Open for application to any community/higher education institution in Georgia
What is a Community Research Team?
Georgia Smart activates collaborations between municipalities and higher education faculty to advance smart cities initiatives across Georgia.
A community-research team includes, at a minimum, one (1) Project Lead from a municipality and two (2) researchers from a higher education institution. Teams should be multi-disciplinary and multi-university.
What Does a Successful Georgia Smart Project Look Like?
- View our Community Research Gallery to learn more about the projects the Partnership supports.
- View our Georgia Smart YouTube playlist to view kick-off, midterm, and final presentations for previously funded Georgia Smart projects.
Applications for the Georgia Smart Communities Challenge are currently closed, but it’s never too early to begin planning for application! E-mail InclusiveInnovation@gatech.edu with general questions. For in-depth program questions or if you would like to meet with the Community Research Manager, please use this link to schedule a meeting.