Launched on April 30, 2019, the second round of MacArthur's $100 million global competition will fund a single proposal that will make measurable progress toward solving a significant problem. The application period is closed.
On February 19, 2020, MacArthur announced the TOP 100, the highest-scoring proposals in its 100&Change competition. The Top 100 represent the top 21 percent of competition submissions. The proposals, featured in the Lever for Change Bold Solutions Network, were rigorously vetted, undergoing MacArthur’s initial administrative review, a Peer-to-Peer review, an evaluation by an external panel of judges, and a technical review by specialists whose expertise was matched to the project.
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, we 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. We 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 100&Change is a counterbalance to MacArthur’s Big Bets which strive for transformational impact in areas identified by the Foundation’s board and staff. We recognize that we do not know it all and designed 100&Change to be agnostic with respect to field or problem area.
We seek proposals that articulate both a problem and its solution. Competitive proposals address a significant problem and provide a solution that is impactful, evidence-based, feasible, and durable.
Explore 100&Change's Top 100 proposals in the Bold Solutions Network.