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Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
  • GOAL 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
  • GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • GOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
  • GOAL 13: Climate Action
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2030 Climate Challenge

On April 29, 2020, the 2030 Climate Challenge launched, awarding $10 million to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the buildings, industry, and/or transportation sectors in the U.S. by 2030. Applicants must register online by Thursday, July 23, 2020.

To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions, We Need Bold Solutions Fast

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact with dire consequences felt across the world, many of which are not yet clear and might persist for a long time. As the globe tries to combat this pandemic and recover from its devastation, we must prioritize the future of the global climate to achieve meaningful and long-lasting results and promote economic prosperity and personal well-being. To safeguard the future of the world, immediate and bold action is needed to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The mounting evidence of damage from climate change is daunting, and with each day that passes, the challenge ahead becomes more difficult. At the same time, the technologies, policies, and motivation to achieve a low-carbon future exists today. It is imperative that we adopt, implement, and scale these solutions as rapidly as possible.

The vast majority of GHG emissions come from a small set of countries and sectors. In fact, only 20 countries produce 75 percent of GHG emissions, and three-fourths of GHG emissions land in four energy sectors: electricity, transportation, buildings, and industry. Within the 20 countries, the United States has historically been the world’s largest carbon dioxide emitter and currently has the second highest amount of emissions in the world. If the U.S. decarbonizes at scale in the next ten years –i.e. by 2030—then we have a chance to land at a decent future. Failure in the U.S. almost guarantees global failure.

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As the U.S. makes progress in decarbonizing the electricity sector, the other three key sectors – transportation, buildings, and industry – currently account for more than half of the national GHG emissions. To make real progress in decarbonizing our national economy, we need impactful and durable solutions that can effectively decarbonize these three sectors.

Is your organization a good fit? Use the Organizational Readiness Tool to find out. Then register online no later than Thursday, July 23, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

Online applications are due no later than Thursday, August 20, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

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Equality Can't Wait Challenge

Launched on June 16, 2020, the Equality Can’t Wait Challenge will award $30 million to help expand women’s power and influence in the United States by 2030. Hosted by Pivotal Ventures, the investment and incubation company created by Melinda Gates, the Challenge seeks to accelerate the pace of progress for more women of all backgrounds to be in positions to make decisions, control resources, and shape policies and perspectives in their homes, workplaces, and communities – because equality can’t wait. Applicants must register online by Tuesday, September 1, 2020.

Gender Equality
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Lone Star Prize

Launched on March 31, 2020, the Lone Star Prize will award $10 million to an innovative, proven solution that improves the quality of life for Texans. The registration period is now closed.

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Larsen Lam ICONIQ Impact Award

Launched on January 29, 2020, the Larsen Lam ICONIQ Impact Award is a $12 million global competition to fund a solution that secures a brighter, more durable future for refugees. The registration period is now closed.

Refugee Support
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Economic Opportunity Challenge

Launched on October 15, 2019, the Economic Opportunity Challenge will award $10 million to scale a game-changing solution to improve the economic health of low-income families in the U.S. The application period is now closed, and finalists have been selected.

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Chicago Prize

On April 16, 2019, the Pritzker Traubert Foundation launched the Chicago Prize to award $10 million to a community-led, investment-ready initiative that will create a better economic future for residents on Chicago’s South and/or West Side. The application period is closed, and finalists have been selected.

Community Improvement/Capacity Building
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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.

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