Description: Seeks to identify, support and elevate innovators who are spearheading transformative early-stage projects in the fields of social justice (buttressing democracy, voter education, and reforms to the criminal justice and immigration systems); the environment (slowing the pace of climate change and mitigating climate impacts); and heritage conservation. Prize is awarded to projects/ideas that: represent a game-changing answer to a clearly identified need; are innovative within one or more of the Fund’s three program areas; demonstrate the potential to develop an actionable pilot/prototype with Prize funding; and hold out the promise to benefit multiple individuals, communities, or sectors through a clearly articulated theory of change.
Award: Up to 10 prizes, each including a cash award of $150,000 over three years, plus $25,000 in technical assistance funds. Awardees also receive guidance through the Fund and its resource network.
Eligibility: Individuals or teams representing non-profit or for-profit organizations are eligible to apply.
Deadline: First round applications due April 30, 2021. Select applicants will be invited to submit a more detailed second-round application in late spring.