$ 90 million in donations for ideas and changes around the world

Project title: The W.K. Kellogg Foundation: Racial Equity 2030

What is Racial Equity 2030?

Racial Equity 2030 is a global challenge in honor of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s 90th anniversary. It is a call for bold solutions to drive an equitable future for children, their families and communities. This $90 million challenge seeks ideas from anywhere in the world and will scale them over the next decade to transform the systems and institutions that uphold inequity. Solutions may tackle the social, economic, political or institutional inequities we see today. Teams of visionaries, change agents and community leaders from every sector are invited to join.

Why this challenge now?

Racial equity is the primary challenge of this time. For decades, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation has worked alongside communities to advance racial equity and racial healing, community engagement and leadership. Today too many children’s futures are bound by the color of their skin, their families’ circumstances or the limits of opportunity because of systemic inequities in their communities. Racial Equity 2030 is a call to answer that challenge.

You recognize the urgency of this moment. The pandemic laid bare inequities in health, wealth and opportunity. The uprising for racial justice produced a global outcry. But the systems that perpetuate inequity and injustice have been generations in the making. Racial Equity 2030 is a chance to reimagine and to build a future where equity is realized.

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.

How many grants will be awarded through Racial Equity 2030?

Up to ten Finalists will be identified and receive $1 million planning grants along with nine months of capacity-building support to further develop their project and strengthen their applications. Final Awardees will be selected from the pool of Finalists.

This is a multi-phase challenge culminating in at least three Awardees receiving grants of $20 million each, and at least two Awardees receiving grants of $10 million each. These awards will be paid out over nine years to coincide with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s 100th anniversary.

In order to select the Awardees, all applications will go through the evaluation process.

More information here.