If your organization had $100 million, what critical problem affecting people, places, or the planet would you solve? That’s the question the MacArthur Foundation is posing through its 100&Change initiative. Every three years, beginning this year, they will award $100 million to a single organization. Cecilia Conrad, MacArthur’s Managing Director leading the competition said “Setting audacious goals is inspiring.”
100&Change is open to any non-profit or for-profit organization anywhere in the world. Individuals and government agencies are not eligible. Applicants must identify the problem they are trying to solve, as well as their proposed solution. Proposals must be meaningful, verifiable, durable, and feasible. Applicants must register on the project website by Sept. 2 followed by an online application, detailing the problem, solution, and budget, along with a video pitch. Proposals will be accepted through Oct. 3, 2016.
In December, semi-finalists will be announced and each will then receive assistance from an expert team to identify and address questions about technical and organizational capacity required to implement each proposed solution, including specific plans to monitor, evaluate, and learn during implementation. Each semi-finalist will benefit from the feedback and attention from the expert teams.
From this group, finalists will be chosen in the summer of 2017 by the Foundation’s Board of Directors. Finalists will present their solutions during a live event in the fall of 2017, after which the Board will determine the $100 million grant recipient.
“We believe that 100&Change can have a ripple effect beyond what a single $100 million grant enables,” said Cecilia Conrad. If you need help achieving your audacious goal, whether via this grant or others, contact TheGrantHelpers.com.