February 16, 2018
Georgia Smart is a competitive grant program. In order to participate in Georgia Smart, interested groups must do four things:
1. Form a community – this can happen at any time in the process
2. Attend a webinar or workshop – teams must attend at least one
3. Design a project – what your community proposes to do if you win
4. Submit a proposal describing your project – due on May 1, 2018, at 5:00 PM EDT
Communities are made up of government and non-government groups that want to work together towards a common, smart-community future. Communities may contain any number of cities, counties, consolidated city-county governments, and non-government collaborators, but they must be led by a single local government entity. For funding and proposal evaluation purposes, communities will be placed into one of two regions based on the location of the team’s lead government: those inside the 20-county metro-Atlanta region, and those outside this region. Proposals from each region will be evaluated separately, and up to two proposals will be chosen from each of these regions.
Once a community has formed, that team must write and submit a proposal that describes their Georgia Smart project and explains how the community will use Georgia Smart-provided resources to advance their smart-community efforts. Georgia Smart will conduct webinars and workshops to help communities create their projects, write their proposals, and connect with collaborators. These events will take place throughout March and April, with proposals due on May 1, 2018, at 5:00 PM EDT.
Proposals must be submitted on this site using our proposal portal (coming soon). A complete description of the Georgia Smart program can be found in our Program Guide, including requirements for team formation, project design, and proposal content.
All proposals must be submitted through the Georgia Smart Communities Challenge Proposal Submission Portal found here