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By July 7, 2016

Force for ChangeThe 2016 Force for Change Grants Program, focused on increasing social impact by supporting innovative use of technology in the global nonprofit and education sectors, is now open for Letter of Inquiry submissions.

The program, started in 2010, has since supported dozens of organizations around the world creating technologies to address some of the planet’s most urgent problems.

This year, is aligning and evaluating Force for Change grants against the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We anticipate providing $4M in grants to ground-breaking, sustainable solutions that have the potential for sector-wide impact.

“We’re doubling down on technology innovation to help nonprofits and education institutions better serve their communities and deliver on their mission,” said Ebony Frelix, SVP of Philanthropy & Engagement at “By significantly increasing our investments in the most creative technology solutions that will be publicly available, we hope to create a ripple effect in their respective sectors, accelerating change and creating a better tomorrow for the next generation.”

The grants are open to nonprofit organizations and education institutions—public and private—from around the world. The program will fund solutions in three categories:

  • Education: Solutions designed to ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning (SDG #4)
  • Workforce Development: Solutions designed to promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all (SDG #8)
  • Labs: Solutions designed to make substantial progress against other SDGs

The window for submissions is open from July 7-29, and the grantees will be announced in January 2017. Additional information on the Force for Change Grants Program, including eligibility, criteria, timeline and how to submit a Letter of Inquiry is available here. You can also register for a webinar: