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Sustainable Cities

The Citi Foundation supports initiatives aimed at building vibrant, sustainable cities that offer economic opportunities for low-income residents. We support partnerships among local governments, community-based organizations, the private sector, and research institutions that are tackling the challenges faced by cities to improve municipal effectiveness and infrastructure, create affordable housing, promote environmental sustainability, and offer more economic opportunities and better services to low-income residents. We encourage the use of data and technology to understand challenges and gaps, identify opportunities for improvements in cities, and direct the use of limited resources to maximize impact.

Impact Target

Increases in urban-focused initiatives that contribute to the economic progress and/or environmental sustainability of low-income individuals and communities.


Program Examples:

Partners in Progress

Launched by the Citi Foundation and the Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF), Partners In Progress builds on the concept of the "Community Quarterback" to increase economic progress in low-income communities. This model, first introduced in the book Investing in What Works for America's Communities, stems from the idea that the best community development is holistic and multidisciplinary, but to be successful, requires a quarterback organization that can align the efforts of many partners around a shared vision, marshal resources, and keep stakeholders accountable. In addition to providing modest direct support, the Citi Foundation, together with LIIF, is actively curating an innovative learning community to nurture 14 organizations across the country as they deepen their efforts to become community quarterbacks. Ultimately, the Partners in Progress program seeks to increase the impact of local organizations and improve the lives of low-income residents.

To learn more visit the Partners in Progress website.

Living Cities

Living Cities harnesses the collective power of philanthropy and financial institutions to improve the lives of low-income people and the cities where they live. The Citi Foundation has been investing in the work of Living Cities since 2008. Together, we have worked with cross-sector leaders in cities to develop and scale new approaches that promote economic progress. In March 2014, the Citi Foundation and Living Cities launched the City Accelerator, an initiative to help twelve select cities in the U.S. foster innovation and promote collaboration between urban leaders to tackle some of their cities' most pressing challenges.

To learn more visit the Living Cities website.

To search for a full listing of grants in the Sustainable Cities portfolio, click here.

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