Southern Cities Economic Inclusion Initiative
Cities selected for SCEI will represent various population sizes and different municipal structures. NLC seeks to select cities located in “target states” of significant priority for the philanthropic organizations funding the initiative, as well as those in the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s region.

Benefits to participating cities:

• Shared learning and support with peers from cities across the south in how to approach economic inclusion in a southern context; peer advice to solve complex challenges; and inspiration on doing things differently.

• Ongoing technical assistance in developing and implementing a broad set of economic inclusion strategies that meet the needs of low-income families and are based on best practices to achieve economic inclusion.

• Access to resources and expertise through virtual and in-person convenings, peer support and learning, and shared materials.


Important Please Read Before Starting Application: As your city team works together to prepare its proposal, please refer to the Request for Proposal PDF. This PDF will help as a guide when submitting your formal application here.

Deepening the Bench Cohort If you're applying for the Deepening the Bench Cohort, please fill out Part 1 AND 2.

Building Leadership If you're applying for the Building Leadership Cohort, please fill out Part 2 ONLY.

Proposals must be received no later than January 14, 2022, by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Only one proposal per city will be accepted.

NLC will engage a panel of external subject matter experts and NLC staff to review proposals. Cities will be notified of their selection status by early February 2022.
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