Friday, December 6, 2019

New Foundation Funding Opportunity: Lever for Change

Lever for Change is a nonprofit affiliate of the MacArthur Foundation, whose mission is to unlock philanthropic capital and accelerate social change around the world’s biggest social challenges. 

There are many benefits to participating in a Lever for Change competition. As part of each competition’s process, applicants will receive feedback from experts within their field, and top applicants will receive technical support to help strengthen their readiness and ability to have the impact that they seek. The top applicants in the competitions managed by Lever for Change will have the opportunity to gain greater visibility for funding from an array of philanthropists by being listed in the Bold Solutions Network. Lever for Change will share this public database of the top-rated, vetted proposals on our website starting in 2020 and will use it to curate lists of philanthropic funding opportunities outside the competitions. In other words, even if a proposal is not selected as a grantee in a competition, it could still receive visibility and exposure to other philanthropists that lead to future funding.

Economic Opportunity Challenge Invites Proposals For $10 Million Award
The Economic Opportunity Challenge will award $10 million to scale a game-changing solution aimed to improve the economic health of low-income families. This program will fund the most transformative, evidence-based solution to address barriers to improved economic opportunity, security, and/or mobility for individuals residing in the United States.
The foundation is looking for proven, data-driven solutions ready to serve as a model for implementation across the country. Winning solutions will utilize a powerful strategy to change lives and permanently remove key barriers to economic opportunity. Teams will demonstrate that they have a track record, experience, relationships, and resources to create lasting change, using an evidence-based approach that shows promise for delivering significant impact at a larger scale.
If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit a one-page LOI to my email ( by 5pm on Monday, January 6th.

Your LOI should include:
  • A one-two page outline of the objectives of the proposed project (an extra page can be used for needed diagrams/figures)
  • a short version, CV for the PI