MacArthur Foundation launches $100 million competition for ‘anyone, anywhere’


Shafi Musaddique


US-based MacArthur Foundation is set to kickstart its latest search for one new recipient of its single $100 million grant aimed at solving the world’s most critical social challenges.

The 100&Change competition is open to organisations working in any field, in any locations.

Sesame Workshop and International Rescue Committee received the inaugraul $100 million to create the largest early childhood intervention programme engaging displaced children from Syria and nearby regions.

The MacArthur Foundation says proposals must identify a problem and offer a solution that promises significant and durable change. Applications will be accepted online, from May 22 to August 15.

“By funding at a level far above what is typical in philanthropy, 100&Change addresses problems and supports solutions that are radically different in scale, scope, and complexity,” In the foundation said in a statement.

MacArthur added that a criterion will be on how projects advance diversity, equity, and inclusion.

100&Change has leveraged an additional $511 million in funding.

“When we launched 100&Change, we set out to do something groundbreaking to challenge ourselves and the philanthropic sector,” said MacArthur President John Palfrey.

“We believed $100 million would inspire communities around the world to dream big. We wanted to hear how they would solve a critical problem of our time. Seven years later, we continue to be moved and motivated by the public response to our call. As we begin this third round of the competition, we are excited to see where the next group of applicants will lead us and how they will bring about change in a lasting and meaningful way.”

The MacArthur Foundations is one of the largest of its kind in the US. This year it has helped fund local journalism initiatives.

The Press Forward project, first opened in September last year, aims to strengthen communities by reversing the dramatic decline in local journalism and news reporting that has coincided with an increasingly divided America and weakening trust in institutions.   

According to the MacArthur Foundation, a partner of the initiative, approximately 2,200 local newspapers have closed since 2005, resulting in 20 per cent of Americans living in so-called “news deserts”, with little to no reliable coverage of important local events. 

Shafi Musaddique is the news editor at Alliance Magazine

Comments (0)

Tom Vogt

Thanks for the inspiring informaiton. Why is '100&Change' not to be found on the MacAurthur Foundation website?

Yusuf Tayo Fasilat

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