Innovate government, win $100K

A prison charter school launched by the San Francisco Sheriff's Department won the 2015 award.

The Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard is accepting nominations for its annual Innovations Award, the nation’s premier recognition for smart thinking in the public sector. It recognizes programs that demonstrate creative and effective government at its best.

All units of government – federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial – from all policy areas are eligible to apply for recognition. That includes IDAs.

This year, the Ash Center is also once again offering the Roy and Lila Ash Innovations Award for Public Engagement in Government, a special Innovations Award that will recognize government-led programs that demonstrate novel and effective approaches to increasing public engagement and participation in the governance of towns, cities, states, and the nation.

The winners of the Innovations in American Government Award and the Roy and Lila Ash Award will each receive a $100,000 grant to support replication and dissemination activities in 2017. Top finalists will also receive monetary grants.

Applications and additional information are available here.

The deadline has been extended to April 29.