100&Change and the progress we can make together.

Big problems require bold solutions.

Solving society’s biggest problems isn’t easy, but it can be done. 100&Change is a MacArthur Foundation competition for a $100 million grant to fund a single proposal that will make measurable progress toward solving a significant problem. 100&Change will select a bold proposal that promises real progress toward solving a critical problem of our time. And it will award a $100 million grant to help make that solution a reality. Proposals focused on any critical issue are welcome.

The competition opened on June 2, 2016, and registration closes on September 2, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. Central. Applications will be accepted through 11:00 a.m. Central on Monday, October 3, 2016. Semi-Finalists will be announced in December 2016 and Finalists in the Summer of 2017. A group of Finalists will present their solutions during a live event in the fall of 2017. Selection of the final award recipient rests with MacArthur’s Board of Directors.

    Through 100&Change, we want to inspire, encourage, and support other people's ideas about how to address major challenges and enable real progress toward a solution.

    Julia Stasch


    The Timeline for the competition consists of three phases.

    Phase 1: Competition Period (June 2 - December 6, 2016)
    During the Competition Period, all valid applications receive scores and comments from a panel of expert judges. In order to submit an application, you must first register by Friday, September 2, at 11:00 a.m. Central. Once registration closes, you will have an additional month to finalize your application prior to the submission deadline of Monday, October 3, at 11:00 a.m. Central.

    Please carefully review the rules, the application requirements, and the trait-scoring rubric that the judges will use to evaluation your submission. We encourage you to register today and to begin creating your application as soon as possible.

    The Competition Period ends when MacArthur’s Board of Directors has selected up to ten Semi-Finalists to proceed to the Discovery Period.

    Phase 2: Discovery Period (December 7, 2016 - July 6, 2017)
    During the Discovery Period, Semi-Finalists provide additional details on their proposals. Each Semi-Finalist will work with an expert team to develop a scalability plan specific to their proposed solution and sector. During this seven-month period, the following activities will take place: 

    Semi-Finalists will receive the completed scalability plan that they may use for additional fundraising or expansion of their proposal even if they are not selected as the final award recipient. At the end of the Discovery Period, MacArthur’s Board of Directors will select a smaller number of Finalists to proceed to the Selection Period.

    Phase 3: Selection Period (July 7 - September 30, 2017)
    During the Selection Period, the Board of Directors may choose a single applicant as the final award recipient. Finalists will be asked to prepare for an in-person pitch event for the Board of Directors and other invited guests that will occur in Chicago in September 2017. The successful applicant, as determined by the Board of Directors, will enter into negotiations to execute a grant agreement with the MacArthur Foundation, to determine the following: