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Equality Can’t Wait Challenge

Competition for USA Nonprofits, Tribal Governments,
and IHEs to Develop Ideas to Promote Equity for Women

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Pivotal Ventures, MacKenzie Scott, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, and Lever for Change

LOI Date:

09/01/20

Deadline Date:

09/22/20 5:00 PM Pacific Time

Description:

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Competition for USA nonprofit organizations, tribal governments, and IHEs to develop innovative programs that promote equity and progress for women. Applicants must register prior to submitting a full application. The goal of the program is to expand women's power and influence, so that women of all backgrounds, especially women of color, can have an equal chance to make decisions, control resources, and shape policies.

The Foundation seeks innovative ideas that will bring additional capital and energy into one or more key areas that can expand women’s power and influence:

  • Dismantling the barriers that hold women back. There is a need to remove the barriers that affect women most, by challenging biased narratives, addressing racial inequity, ending sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace, and helping women balance their career, home, and families.
  • Fast-tracking women in critical sectors. Research shows that there are essential sectors that have an outsized impact on society. Creating entry points and consistent support for women to advance within industries such as 1) public office, 2) tech, 3) academia, 4) media and entertainment, 5) finance, and 6) entrepreneurship, can lead to important steps to expand women’s power and influence.
  • Calling society to action. Outdated systems, institutions, and beliefs must be changed by enlisting society to take action. By arming key stakeholders – including CEOs, community leaders, consumers, and employees – with resources and data around the issues, greater pressure and influence can be exerted from every angle.

To be successful, the ideas must demonstrate that they can lead to equitable, measurable and rapid improvement over one or more of the metrics listed below. 

  • Wages and wealth: narrowing the gap between earnings and wealth for women in comparison to men
  • Unpaid care: improving the division of caregiving and other household responsibilities done by women in comparison to men
  • Share of leadership roles: increasing the percentage of women in senior roles across the public, private, and social sectors
  • Content creation: increasing the percentage of intellectual and cultural content created by women
  • Public perceptions: increasing the percentage of the public who feel women should have more power and influence

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 190688

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$40,000,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

At least three grants of a minimum of $10 million will be awarded to the most compelling proposals. An additional $10 million will be allocated among finalists.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants will be awarded to the organizations or coalitions of organizations with the most compelling proposals.

Eligible lead applicants can include:
- An entity under section 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(1) or (2) of the Internal Revenue Code ("IRC") that has received a tax determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS").
- A private foundation under section 501(c)(3) of the IRC that has received a tax determination letter from the IRS.
- A tribal government or tribal-owned enterprise.
- A public university, junior college, or college.

Eligible organizations are welcome to partner with for-profit companies, foundations, schools, colleges and universities, government agencies, individuals, and other entities in order to implement the initiative. Use the Organizational Readiness Tool to find out if you’re a good fit for the grant or contact the Fund with any questions regarding eligibility.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- June-August 2020: Assessment; use the Organizational Readiness Tool
- September 1, 2020, 5:00 PM Pacific Time: Register for the Challenge
- September 22, 2020, 5:00 PM Pacific Time: Application Deadline
- September - December 2020: Application Evaluation
- Winter 2021: Up to 10 finalists selected to work with an expert team to strengthen proposals and to have the chance to win a grant of a minimum of $10 million in the summer of 2021
- Summer 2021: Winners Announced

Application: https://equalitycantwaitchallenge.org/application

Scoring rubric: https://equalitycantwaitchallenge.org/scoring

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Start the assessment: https://www.equalitycantwaitchallenge.org/readiness-tool

Register and apply online: https://www.equalitycantwaitchallenge.org/register

Direct questions to: questions@equalitycantwaitchallenge.org

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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