2018 Innovations in American Government Awards

The winner of the 2018 Innovations in American Government Award has been announced. Congratulations to Rhode Island's Works Wonders!  

The Top 25 programs recognized in 2018 can be found on the Government Innovators Network. Nominations for our Bright Ideas program are accepted on a rolling basis.


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Since 1985, the Innovations in American Government Awards program has recognized and disseminated the nation’s most creative and effective government initiatives through widespread press attention and monetary grants.

This year, the Innovations Award is seeking innovative programs, policies, and initiatives specifically related to expanding employment opportunities, skills training and development, job placement and retention, wage advancement, entrepreneurialism, equitable economic development, poverty alleviation, wealth building, and financial literacy and empowerment. Programs and policies that seek to create systemic changes in order to remove obstacles for upward mobility and disrupt structural barriers are encouraged to apply. Please click here for more information on the 2018 theme.

To learn more about the Innovations Awards application process, please review our Application Information on the navigation bar on the left. 

Questions? innovations@harvard.edu or (800) 722-0074.