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Awarding $90 Million

To invite, build and scale ideas for transformative change around the world.

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What Do We Hope to Achieve?

We seek to close the racial equity gap so all children, families and communities can be more confident, healthier and secure in their trust of the systems and institutions that serve them.

$8 Trillion

Amount the United States would gain in GDP by closing the earnings gap in populations of color by 2050.

The Business Case for Racial Equity: A Strategy for Growth.

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United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Education

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200 Million

The number of children globally who will still be out of school by 2030 due to structural and institutional inequities.

Coalition for Urban Transitions, "Housing Policies for Sustainable and Inclusive Cities," March 31, 2020.

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1 in 5

The number of children between 0-17 years old who lack quality and secure housing globally.

How to Participate

We’re looking for ideas from teams of visionaries, change agents and community leaders from every sector and organizations of all types, from anywhere in the world. If you have the resolve and creativity this moment demands, here’s how to get started.

Step 1

Oct 2020 - Jan 2021


Use the Organizational Readiness Tool to determine if your solution is a good match for this challenge.

Org Readiness Tool

Step 2

Jan 28, 2021


After completing the Organizational Readiness Tool, register as an applicant for Racial Equity 2030. Deadline for registration is Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

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Step 3

Mar 11, 2021


Once you’ve registered for Racial Equity 2030, complete and submit your application no later than Thursday, March 11, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

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Step 4

Apr - Jun 2021


Each eligible applicant will review five peer submissions, providing scores and comments. Top-scoring applications will be further reviewed by an expert panel.

Scoring Rubric

Step 5

Aug 2021

Finalists Selection

Up to ten Finalists will each receive a one-year $1 million planning grant and nine months of capacity-building support to further develop their project and strengthen their applications.

Step 6

Oct 2022

Awardees Announced

At least three Awardees will each receive a $20 million grant, and two will each receive a $10 million grant. Grants will be paid out over nine years.

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Questions & Answers

Answers to the most common questions about this challenge are below. If you don’t see your question listed, or would like to contact someone about Racial Equity 2030, email us at and a member of our team will respond as quickly as possible.

Who is eligible to apply?

Racial Equity 2030 is open to teams from anywhere in the world. Proposed ideas must embrace and reflect the values of racial equity and justice. They must be led by a team that centers on lived experience and includes communities closest to the issues as part of leadership in the project.

Given the global nature of the challenge, applications must be submitted in English. We acknowledge and understand the barrier this places on those for whom English is not a first language. However, because of the multiple review processes, peer reviews, and expert panel reviews, English was chosen to provide a consistency across all entries, and reduce  the risk of translation error or misinterpreting an application. We have been intentional in the recruitment of expert reviewers to ensure representation of global perspectives and knowledge. We appreciate your accommodation and understanding.

Finalists will receive planning grants and technical assistance, so early-to-mid-stage ideas are acceptable.

Also, while organizations of all types and sizes are welcome to apply, all projects must have a charitable purpose in order to participate. Please see the challenge rules for more information on eligibility.

Organizations within regions sanctioned by the United States government should note that they will need to be OFAC licensed in order to participate in this challenge.