WKKF launches $90 million challenge to address systemic inequities

WKKF launches $90 million challenge to address systemic inequities

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has announced the launch of a global challenge designed to advance solutions that help create an equitable and just future for children, families, and communities around the world.

To be managed by Lever for Change, the Racial Equity 2030 challenge will solicit solutions aimed at creating transformative change in systems and institutions that perpetuate inequity and will support efforts to scale actionable ideas. With the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbating existing inequities and calls to end systemic and racial injustice intensifying around the globe, the foundation, which is celebrating its ninetieth anniversary, is committing $90 million to the initiative. 

Teams comprising visionaries, change agents, and community leaders from any sector are eligible to apply. Up to ten finalists will receive one-year planning grants of $1 million as well as nine months of capacity-building support to advance their project and strengthen their application. At least five awards totaling $80 million will be announced in 2022, including at least three grants of $20 million each and two grants of $10 million each. Grants will be paid out over nine years to coincide with the foundation's hundredth anniversary in 2030.

"Racial Equity 2030 is an invitation to build on this moment and advance equity," said WKKF president and CEO La June Montgomery Tabron. "At the Kellogg Foundation, we know that change happens through people and their collective action. That's why we're awarding $90 million to fuel creative and actionable solutions to achieve racial equity in the next decade."

"We welcome innovative ideas from and for communities around the world," said Lever for Change CEO Cecilia A. Conrad. "It's time to reimagine what is possible, to remove the barriers that stand in the way of social progress for all, and to make big investments that advance racial equity and economic opportunity at scale."