Civic Hall Labs’ health lab gave out over $100,000 and provided technological mentorship to startups seeking to build operations that would address a number of left-leaning criminal justice, health, urban housing, education, civil liberties, and economic development related issues. 
Civic Hall Labs also operates a pro bono tech program which pairs professional technologists with left-leaning organizations such as Immigration Equality, Sage Advocacy and Services for LGBT Elders, and the Vera Institute of Justice which were seeking volunteer tech support.
Civic Hall Labs also operates an incubator program for left-of-center startups and is a main partner in NYC’s Big Apps challenge, which in tandem with New York City’s Economic Development Corporation and Mayor Bill DeBlasio (D-N.Y.), provides funding and a spot in Civic Hall Labs incubator to the winning applications.
Civic Hall Labs was created to foster development of technological tools that will help carry out left-leaning policy goals relating to “inequality, racism, civic atrophy, and other systemic failures.”
In its first two years, Civic Hall Labs reportedly raised over $5.4 million from 25 sponsors or funders including a $4 million contribution from the left-leaning Omidyar Network Fund and other contributions from the Ford Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Microsoft’s Cities Team.
Health Lab Program
Civic Hall Labs operates a Health Lab Program that creates digital tools to advance left-leaning criminal justice, health, urban housing, education, civil liberties, and economic development related policy priorities. 
Civic Hall Labs selected 10 predominantly left-leaning startups and gave those organizations $10,000 in seed money and six months of expert advising to develop their respective technology platforms.
The Participatory Budget Project, using the Civic Hall Labs Health Lab seed money, created an application that would help under-resourced communities make budgeting decisions and access a “significant amount” of new government funding. Reported PD, another Health Lab project, sought to ease and strengthen misconduct complaints against police officers. JustFix.nyc sought to use its funding to create an app that would facilitate tenant organizing, making it easier to form new tenant associations, and Heat Seek NYC sought to make it easier for tenants at risk of eviction to find attorneys to fight the proceedings.
Other Health Lab grantee organizations include Hollaback!, Article 25, Looped, Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, the Good Men Project, and NYC Councilmatic.
Pro Bono Tech Program
Civic Hall Labs operates a Pro Bono Tech Program also known as Delta.nyc. This program enables digital professionals to volunteer and build the technology infrastructure necessary to operate and grow the digital projects of Civic Hall Labs’ endorsed organizations.
Civic Hall Labs’ Delta.NYC program has provided technical infrastructure support to 14 predominantly left-leaning New York City-based organizations in 2017, including: the Association For Neighborhood Housing, the Fortune Society, Immigration Equality, HELP USA, Sage Advocacy and Services for LGBT Elders, and the Vera Institute of Justice. 
In 2018, Civic Hall Labs selected 15 organizational partners including, All in Together, the Citizens’ Committee for Children, the Educational Alliance, Generation Citizen, I’ll Go First, OutRight Action International, the Sadie Nash Leadership Project, and Streetlives.
Civic Hall Labs operated the CivicXcel program to incubate and provide mentorship to startup companies that seek to provide community services.
In 2017, CivicXcel incubator connected technology expert mentors to seven startup companies. Through this program, BlacPac sought to create a web-application to send more black students to college. DollarVan.nyc sought to increase low-cost transportation for people living in neighborhoods poorly served by public transportation. FAMin, sought to create an application whereby needy individuals could seek crowdfunding to pay for their children’s expenses.
Big Apps Contest
Civic Hall Labs is a main partner in the NYC Big Apps challenge, a competition that seeks to identify digital applications that can provide transportation, information, and “community resiliency” services to New York City’s youth, seniors, and immigrants.
Winners of the contest receive $15,000 in cash, a six-month mentorship program through Civic Hall Labs CivicXcel program, and pro bono legal services from the BakerHostetler law firm.
Civic Hall Labs main partner for the competition is the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and in 2017 New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio hosted the announcement of the contest winners. A number of New York City Departments are also partners, including the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, Department of Aging, Department of Education, and NYC Health, along with a number of other corporate sponsors and nonprofit partners.
Elizabeth Stewart served for two years as Civic Hall Lab’s founding executive director. Prior to joining the organization Stewart co-founded Impact Hub Los Angeles and then the Los Angeles-based Civic Innovation Lab.
Civic Hall Labs’ senior advisory board is comprised of a number of prominent left-leaning digital activists and authors including Code for America executive Director Jennifer Pahlka, New York Times columnist Anand Giridharadas, and “Daily Show” producer Baratunde Thurston.