Lyda Hill Philanthropies Launches $10 Million Lone Star Prize

Lyda Hill Philanthropies Launches $10 Million Lone Star Prize

Lyda Hill Philanthropies has announced the launch of the Lone Star Prize, a $10 million Texas-based competition aimed at surfacing an innovative, scalable solution to one of three significant challenges confronting the state.

To be managed by Lever For Change, an affiliate of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the competition is focused on three broad goals: improving health outcomes, protecting the environment, and boosting the state's workforce. Possible solutions eligible for consideration include those aimed at activating healthy communities, strengthening local health systems, and/or supporting healthy families; conserving natural resources, protecting green spaces, and/or promoting energy efficiency and renewable sources of energy; and improving the employability of workers and/or building more promising career pathways to sustainable, quality jobs.

Launched in partnership with Advance Together, the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, Texas 2036, and the Texas Tribune, the competition is open to nonprofits, for-profits, and social enterprises in Texas, as well as teams from outside the state (as long as proposals are focused on the needs of Texans). The deadline to register for the competition is June 23, with applications due by July 22; a single grant recipient will be announced in the summer of 2021.

"Our great state of Texas has a rich history of responding to challenges with ingenuity and bold solutions," said Lyda Hill, who signed the Giving Pledge in 2010. "In the face of the COVID-19 crisis, the Lone Star Prize is an opportunity to put good ideas into action — especially around critical statewide issues like access to health care and shoring up our health system's capacity, redeploying our workforce, and protecting our environment. We must ensure Texas remains the best place to live and work for the next generation of Texans."

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