Region(s):
United States
Subject Area:
Environment
Donor Partner:

Anonymous

Population:
Open
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
Competition status: Registration Closed; In Process

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. The registration period is now closed.
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.

The registration period is now closed. Registered applicants must apply online no later than Thursday, August 20, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

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Open for Registration
Racial Equity 2030

Launched on October 13, 2020, Racial Equity 2030 will award $90 million to fund bold solutions to drive an equitable future for children, families, and communities across the globe. Hosted by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the challenge will invite, build and scale ideas for transformative change in the social, economic, political and institutional systems that uphold inequities. The registration period is now open.

Racial Equity
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Registration Closed; In Process
Equality Can't Wait Challenge

Launched on June 16, 2020, the Equality Can’t Wait Challenge will award $40 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, with additional support from MacKenzie Scott and the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, 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. The registration period is now closed.

Gender Equality
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Registration Closed; In Process
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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Registration Closed; In Process
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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Registration Closed; Finalists Selected
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.

Economic Opportunity/Mobility
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Awarded
Chicago Prize

On August 6, 2020, the Pritzker Traubert Foundation (PTF) announced that Always Growing, Auburn Gresham was awarded the Chicago Prize, PTF’s $10 million grant competition that sought to invest in collaborative initiatives using physical development to spur economic activity, strengthen civic infrastructure, and improve the safety, well-being, and economic mobility of residents in the city’s South and/or West sides. PTF also committed an additional $2.5 million in development funds accessible to the other finalist teams.

Community Improvement/Capacity Building
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Registration Closed; Finalists Selected
100&Change:2020

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.

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