On April 30, 2019, MacArthur launched the second round of 100&Change, its global 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. The application period is now closed, and finalists have been selected.
On July 20, 2020, MacArthur announced six finalists in its 100&Change competition. Selected from a field of more than 750 applications, the proposals address diverse and systemic problems, such as ocean health, homelessness, oxygen therapy, health disparities, news deserts, and mosquito-borne disease.
The Finalists are now featured in the Bold Solutions Network, a searchable online collection of highly-rated, rigorously-evaluated proposals that emerge from each of the competitions managed by Lever for Change. They are listed below in alphabetical order (follow links to their Bold Solutions Network profile pages for more information):
- Clinton Health Access Initiative & Murdoch Children’s Research Institute: Bringing life-saving oxygen therapy to children worldwide
- Community Solutions: Accelerating an end to homelessness in 75 U.S. communities in five years
- National Geographic Pristine Seas: Safeguarding and restoring the ocean’s health and productivity
- Project ECHO: Democratizing life-saving medical knowledge and care
- Report for America: Eliminating American news deserts
- The World Mosquito Program: Protecting communities by preventing transmission of mosquito-borne disease
The proposals 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. Each proposal was evaluated using four criteria: impactful, evidence-based, feasible, and durable.
Over the next several months, Finalists will work with an expert team to strengthen their proposals, present a preliminary plan for evaluation and learning, and show authentic engagement with communities of interest before submitting revised project plans. In the spring of 2021, a single award recipient will receive $100 million over up to six years.