100&Change Applicants

Key resources, updates, and information for 100&Change applicants

Big Problems Require Bold Solutions

Solving society’s biggest problems is not easy, but we believe solutions are possible. 100&Change is our global competition for a proposal that promises measurable progress toward solving a critical social challenge. We will award a single $100 million grant to help make that solution a reality. We are open to organizations working in any field, anywhere in world. Are you ready to solve a problem?

How to Get Ready

Step 1: Is Your Organization a Good Fit?

We created an organizational readiness tool to help you determine whether your organization is ready to compete in 100&Change. This tool was designed to help you understand characteristics of the most competitive organizations and proposals. We encourage you to use this tool to consider how well-suited your organization(s) and/or proposal are for 100&Change.


Step 2: Registration

Register your organization to begin the application process. Any organization or legal entity can apply, subject to eligibility rules. Multiple organizations may collaborate on a single application.

The registration period has ended.


Step 3: Propose a Problem and its Solution

Describe an urgent, significant problem, and propose a bold and lasting solution. Your idea can come from any field or sector, but the solution must be impactful, evidence-based, feasible, and durable. Please use the organizational readiness tool to help inform your likely competitiveness for 100&Change.

Submissions have closed.


Webinars for Applicants

We invite you review our webinar series, “Think Big & Communicate Clearly: Bold Ideas for Philanthropy,” which was designed to help 100&Change applicants think about the depth, breadth, and impact of their work. This series was previously offered to organizations that had their proposals evaluated in our inaugural 100&Change competition.

Scoring Process

Every valid application received scores and comments from peer reviewers and five members of our "wise head" panel. Scores are normalized to ensure a level playing field for everyone. Please review carefully the traits the judges will use to score your application.


Does the proposal describe an urgent problem worth solving, and will the solution have a transformative impact? Is the proposal sufficiently ambitious either in its progress toward a solution; the number of direct beneficiaries served; the size of the geography served; or intensity of impact on a small but vulnerable population or geography?


Does the proposal present evidence that the solution or critical components of it have previously yielded practical and concrete results? Does the evidence suggest that the solution can be adapted to other contexts, such as expanding to new populations or geographies, or to reach a greater number of people over time, and still retain its effectiveness?


Does the team have the skills, capacity, relationships, and experience to deliver its proposal? Do the budget and project plan represent a realistic understanding of a successful implementation of the solution? Does the proposal outline a mitigation plan for risks associated with changes in key personnel and political, market, or social environments?


Will the solution have a sustained impact? Does the solution either expect to solve a problem in 5 years or create a pathway to solving the problem over time? Will the project elicit support from other sources – private, philanthropic, or public? Has the team advanced a clear, cogent, and compelling vision for the future?

Key Dates

April 30, 2019: Application Portal Opens
July 16, 2019: Registration Deadline
August 6, 2019: Application Submission Deadline
August-September 2019: Administrative and Peer-to-Peer Review
September 2019-February 2020: Wise Head and Technical Review
February 2020: Top 100 Selected
Spring 2020: Finalists Selected
Spring-Summer 2020: Project Development
Fall 2020: Award Recipient Announced

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