The Plants Make Positive Places team, who received an Innovation Fund grant in 2015.
The Plants Make Positive Places team, who received an Innovation Fund grant in 2015.

The Innovation Fund is a grant opportunity funded by the Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia, and managed by the Innovation Management team in the City’s Office of Innovation and Technology. The Innovation Fund provides grants to launch pilot initiatives proposed by City employees that have the potential to improve the services and functions of municipal government.

The Innovation Fund application process is coordinated by the Innovation Advisory Group – a cross-departmental advisory team of City employees who are trained and invested in seeding innovation – and all final funding decisions are made by the Board of the Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia.

The Innovation Fund’s application process is unique and is meant to be inclusive, equitable and accessible to any City employee who would like to request funding for a pilot or proof of concept project.

As of March 2022, the Innovation Fund has $25,000 to award. Investments are comprised of donations from the Mayor’s Fund. Projects can receive up to $10,000, with most awards ranging from $6,000 – $8,000.

2022 Funding Priorities:

  1. Have never been tried before in Philadelphia
  2. Pilot something that is a new and different approach for a given department
  3. Push Philadelphia to be the first city to solve a broader problem in a unique way
  4. Leverage partnerships and stakeholder collaboration, either internal or external to City government
  5. Focus on delivering services more effectively, equitably, and efficiently to all residents 

Grant Guidelines: 

Please review the Grant Guidelines in full before submitting an application. You can download the Grant Guidelines here: Spring 2022 Grant Guidelines

Spring 2022 Application Process and Timeline

The Spring 2022 Innovation Fund cycle launches on March 1, 2022. Grant applicants are required to fill out a short application by March 31, 2022, which serves as a letter of intent. You can access the application link here: LINK 

Optional Information Sessions: 

Thursday, March 10th, at 11am: Link to join this session
Wednesday, March 16th, at 1pm: Link to join this session

To view the Info Session slide deck, please click here: Spring 2022 Fund Info Session

Applicants will be notified if they advance to the next round by April 11th. Mandatory pitch sessions will be held remotely between April 26-28th, and all applicants who advance to the final stage must submit a final proposal by June 3rd. Final funding decisions will be made by the Mayor’s Fund Board in mind-June. 

Recently Funded Projects:

To view a list of projects funded in previous Innovation Fund cycles, click here: Recently Funded Projects

Please direct any questions about the Innovation Fund to Stephanie Orlando, Innovation Coordinator, at stephanie.orlando@phila.gov.