How to apply

Applications can only be submitted by a representative of your city under the direction and approval of a senior staff member. Applications will open on September 12th, 2018 and will last until November 21st, 2018 at 11:59PM EST.

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For more information, you can consult our Application Guide. It details the application timeline, the criteria of evaluation of applicants, and illustrates examples of initiatives that demonstrate a commitment to urban wellbeing.

NewCities will not accept any paper applications. If for any reason you cannot submit a digital application, please contact

Who can apply?

We welcome applications from cities of all sizes that have implemented  innovative initiatives which demonstrate  a transformative impact on the wellbeing of individuals and communities.

Strategies must be city-led and carried forward by the City Mayor or appointed authority within the city. They can be implemented in partnership with other local organizations, however, the application can only be submitted by a representative of the City.

Applicants to the Wellbeing City Award must present one or several initiative(s) that:

  • have reached or are close to reaching their outlined objectives of urban wellbeing;
  • are financially sustainable;
  • have a clear plan for future development and upcoming objectives;

Successful cities will have met the above conditions, reflected on the specific needs of their city, and demonstrated a clear commitment to further improving wellbeing for all citizens.