Applications Invited for 100&Change Competition (100, 000, 000 USD in Grants)

Organization: MacArthur

Apply By: 15 Aug 2024

Grant Amount: 100,000,000 USD

About the Organization

The MacArthur Foundation boldy invests in creative solutions to urgent challenges, sparking hope for our future.

We work on a few big bets that strive toward transformative change in areas of profound concern, including the existential threats of climate change and nuclear risk, the challenges of criminal justice reform in the U.S. and corruption in Nigeria.

In addition, we maintain enduring commitments in our hometown Chicago, where we invest in people, places, and partnerships to build a more inclusive Chicago and in journalism and media, where we invest in more just and inclusive news and narratives.

About the Grant

A competition for a $100 million grant to fund a single proposal that promises real and measurable progress in solving a critical problem of our time.

Solving society’s biggest problems is not easy, but we believe solutions are possible. 100&Change is our global competition for a proposal that promises real and measurable progress toward solving a critical social challenge. We will award a single $100 million grant to help make that solution a reality. We are open to organizations working in any field, anywhere in the world. Are you ready to solve a problem?

Scoring Process:

Impactful: Does the proposal describe an urgent problem worth solving, and will the solution have a transformative impact? Is the proposal sufficiently ambitious either in its progress toward a solution; the size and number of communities served; the size of the geography served; or intensity of impact on a smallbut vulnerable population or geography?

Evidence-Based: Does the proposal present evidence that the solution or its critical components have previously yielded practical and concrete results? Does the evidence suggest that the solution can be adapted to other contexts, such as expanding to new populations or geographies or to reach a greater number of people over time, and still retain its effectiveness?

Feasible: Does the team have the skills, capacity, relationships, and experience to deliver its proposal? Do the budget and plans represent a realistic understanding for successful implementation? Does the mitigation plan address changes in key personnel and political, market, or social environments? Is community input incorporated throughout the design, implementation, and evaluation?

Durable: Will the solution have a sustained impact? Does the solution either expect to solve a problem in five years or create a pathway to solving the problem over time? Will the project elicit support from other sources–private, philanthropic, or public? Has the team advanced a clear, cogent, and compelling vision for the future?

Just: Has the team demonstrated a commitment to equity, inclusion, and accessibility in the ideation and design of the solution and in its staffing and operations? Will the solution benefit different populations equitably – particularly historically marginalized people or populations with the greatest needs, both human and nonhuman?

How to Apply

Step 1: Is Your Organization a Good Fit?

We created an organizational readiness tool to help you determine whether your organization is ready for 100&Change. This tool was designed to help you understand characteristics of the most competitive organizations and proposals. We encourage you to use this tool to consider how well-suited your organization(s) and/or proposal are for 100&Change.

Step 2: Registration

After assessing your fit through the Organizational Readiness Tool, you must register your organization by Thursday, August 15, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. U.S. Central Time. Any organization or legal entity, except for government agencies, can apply. Multiple organizations may collaborate on a single application.

Step 3: Propose a Problem and its Solution

Once you’ve registered for 100&Change, complete and submit your application by Thursday, September 5, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. U.S. Central Time. Describe an urgent, significant problem and propose a bold and lasting solution. Your idea can come from any field or sector, but the solution must be impactful, evidence-based, feasible, durable, and just.

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