Six government projects were awarded seed funding up to $7,500 by the Innovation Fund, a grant opportunity fast tracked by the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Innovation Management and the Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia, which is backed by public and private donors.
Because of the pandemic, many City departments and agencies have had to adapt or create new projects to address problems created by the health crisis. Measures like social distancing, budget cuts and staffing changes have forced many departments to innovate and figure out how to deliver their services in a different way.
An internal callout went out to all departments, Eliza Pollack, director of innovation at the Office of Innovation and Technology, told Technical.ly. Then, six projects were chosen by the Innovation Advisory Group, a multi-department team of City employees who are experienced in seed investment within government. The chosen projects are funded from the Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia, and each received between $6,455 and $7,500.