Thanks to the generosity of Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott, we have been able to do a lot of amazing work in Worcester. This challenge is part of that work. To respond to community needs, we are seeking to partner with people and organizations that have ideas and initiatives that will focus on:

  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Early Education (birth to age 8)
  • The Eradication of Poverty

Submit your 90 second (or less) video that defines the issue/problem, shows the idea/solution and identifies the population served. Videos should be phone quality and although props or slides are allowed, please use minimally. We are seeking to seed, launch and expand initiatives.


  • Video of 90 seconds or less (from a phone is fine)
  • Defines the issue/problem, shows the idea/solution and identifies the population served
  • Slides/props allowed, but not needed
  • Must be pitching an idea that addresses diversity, equity and inclusion, poverty or early education
  • Open to applicants seeking to seed an idea, launch an initiative or expand a program in a new way. Individuals and organizations are encouraged to apply, winners will need to secure a 501c3 as a fiscal agent
  • Semi-finalists will appear live at the BrickBox for a 5 minute presentation plus 10 minutes for judges Q and A and discussion.
  • Winners will receive between $30,000 – $100,000. Seed ideas will need less, launch and expand will need more.
  • In year two we will superfund a subset of this group with decisions being made in late 2022.


For more information regarding the challenge, please visit our Q&A Page.


Office Hours will be held on Wednesday, September 22 at noon and Friday, September 24 at 1:00 pm via zoom,


For early feedback, videos may be submitted for review before September 27. Please note that those reviewing the videos are not the actual judges and no points are awarded for the feedback round, it is completely optional. Contact:

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