FAQ

Who can submit an application?

Lead Applicant organization must be a 501(c)(3). Open to a fiscally sponsored organization. Fiscal sponsor must have robust financial management capabilities and a meaningful/contractual relationship with the Lead Applicant.

Can I be a part of multiple application teams?

Yes. The Lead Applicant may only submit ONE application and serve as the grant recipient. However, a Partner organization can be a part of multiple applications submitted by a different Lead Applicant.

What partner organization(s) can I collaborate with?

Any collaboration partners may include tech companies, social impact startups, non-profit organizations, post-secondary learning institutions, government agencies, philanthropy, and funders. Strong applications demonstrate a collaboration deeply invested in building an inclusive tech ecosystem.

Can I share the grant money with another organization?

Yes, you can share the budget with any other organizations as you see fit in order to cover grant-related expenses.

Are you able to fund solutions focused on Pre-K - 12?

No. While we are interested in understanding if your program(s) or services intersect with Pre-K-12, we cannot fund solutions with a focus on Pre-K – 12 directly. We are looking for solutions focused on Post-Secondary, Tech Workforce, Entrepreneurship & VC.

How will you evaluate the application?

To make this process as transparent as possible, you can find our Scoring Rubric for each section of the Application below:

*Scoring Rubric for Video Questions

*Scoring Rubric for Application

*Scoring Rubric for Grant Proposal

What kind of solutions are you looking for?

We are particularly interested in solutions centered on prototyping, experimentation, and rapid iteration cycles (Lean Methodology), rather than solutions that focus on analysis, planning, and implementation. We prefer short sprints that enable a set of partners to quickly discover the viability of the proposed solution and allow for rapid iterations.

What are the award amounts?

The Tech Done Right National Challenge will award grants between $100,000 to $150,000 USD.

Is there a fee to submit an entry?

No. There is no fee to submit an entry.

What can I use our budget for?

Anything. You will need to justify how your budget promotes a lean approach to validating your hypothesis around what will create a more inclusive tech ecosystem through collaboration.

What do I need to do in order to enter?

You need to complete an online entry form, upload video responses, and an application.

When do I need to submit my entry?

You or your team leader need to complete and submit all the entry materials before the deadline on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 by 12:00am PST/3:00am EST

Who will determine the awardees?

A team of industry and subject-matter experts will evaluate each entry. Check out our Team page.

May I revise my submission?

No, we are not looking for high production values or extensive editing. We just want to listen to what you have to say.

When will the awardees be announced?

Winners will be announced on Monday, June 24, 2019 via email.

Will I be notified if I am not selected as an awardee?

Yes. Applicants who are not selected will be notified via email. However, due to the large volume of applications, we will be unable to debrief or or provide feedback to entrants whose entries are not selected.

How long do I have to implement my solution?

One year from June 2019 – June 2020

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