City Name: Brighton, CO & Tampa, FL
NLC Partner: mySidewalk
Problem: Small and mid-sized cities have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to access billions of dollars for critical projects through competitive grants in the ARPA, IIJA, and IRA — but many lack the data tools to take full advantage of the opportunity by helping them match potential projects to grant priorities, make their applications competitive, and invest awarded funds equitably.
Solution: mySidewalk, a technology company working to democratize community data, partnered with Brighton, CO, and Tampa, FL, to co-design and deploy a user-friendly, repeatable process for using community data to support grant-seeking.
Outcome: Both cities were able to access relevant high-quality data in a fraction of the time they typically spend on data wrangling and crafted a data-supported narrative for a major federal grant. In addition, the City of Brighton is scaling the model to enable self-service grant support across their organization and for partners.