Some problems cannot be solved by grants of the size that foundations typically provide. By funding at a level far above what is typical in philanthropy, the MacArthur Foundation can address problems and support solutions that are radically different in scale, scope, and complexity. $100 million is a large enough sum to focus on a serious problem and its solution in a meaningful and lasting way. It is the MacArthur Foundation’s hope that 100&Change can inspire a conversation about solutions and about how we can solve some of our most significant problems.
The openness of the 100&Change competition is a counterbalance to the Foundation’s big bets that strive for transformational impact in areas identified by the Foundation’s board and staff. The MacArthur Foundation recognizes that they do not know it all and have designed 100&Change to be agnostic with respect to field or problem area.
They are seeking proposals that articulate both a problem and its solution. Competitive proposals will address a meaningful problem and provide a solution that is verifiable, durable, and feasible.
Specific terms and conditions are available on the competition website. The competition launched on Thursday, June 2, 2016; applications are due no later than Monday, October 3, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. Central. However, you must first register by Friday, September 2, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. Central.
100&Change, a MacArthur Foundation competition for a $100 million grant to fund a single proposal that will make measurable progress toward solving a significant problem.