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Opportunity for USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits, NGOs, Institutions, and Individuals to Develop Social Impact Projects

The Audacious Project

GrantWatch ID# 180556
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)
Canada:Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;
International, Israel and Canada.

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/17/23 Save

Grant Description
Opportunity for USA, Canada, and International nonprofit organizations, NGOs, institutions, individuals, or collaborations between various entities to develop social impact projects. Finalists are given funding, publicity, and help with other resources in order to get their idea off the ground. The Audacious Project is a collaborative funding initiative that serves as a springboard for social impact on a grand scale.

The Audacious Project is looking for ideas that cover a wide range of issues, from global health to climate change to social justice to education. Audacious ideas:


  • Vision and emotional pull: Your idea should capture a bold, transformative vision for tackling one of the world's most urgent topics.
  • Creating a better world: It is your opportunity to take a giant leap forward; you may be tempted to think incrementally, but remember for it to be bold, your idea should offer significant, enduring impact. This vision should bring the Foundation much closer to your version of an ideal world in a matter of years rather than generations.
  • Innovative and original: There should be a unique aspect or creative element to your approach that challenges convention or changes the narrative for the greater good.


  • Proven concept: There should be evidence that the idea will have impact based on a track record of past success, a demand from those that would be affected, and justified confidence that results can be sustained in the future.
  • A bold vision that has clear outcomes: There should be a sense of where you will be at the end of a multi-year funding term and the strategy, resources, and timeline required to achieve it. The Foundation wants to hear about the changes that would take place because of your idea, not just the components that go into implementing it.
  • Established support: You and your capable and confident team have the backing of a nonprofit, NGO, or institution (or is part of a collaboration between multiple such entities). This organization should be able to receive philanthropic funds and have the core infrastructure necessary to support the work. (Note: Past projects have had an annual operating budget of $1 million or more.)


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Individuals, ages 18 and up, may apply on behalf of themselves, a nonprofit, NGO, institution or collaboration between multiple entities.

Pre-Application Information
The deadline for ideas survey submissions to be considered for the current application cycle is February 17, 2023. Surveys received after the deadline will be considered in future application cycles.

Interested candidates should share their ideas by completing the brief survey (see Contact Information below). This survey is open all year long and submissions are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Select candidates will be invited to submit an application to outline their idea in greater detail and provide supporting documentation.

The Foundation narrows down to a group of finalists, then collaborates with them to refine and strengthen their idea into its most compelling vision.

Finalists' ideas are presented privately to groups of donors. Funded projects are then shared with the TED community and the public via TED Talks.

Applications are only accepted from the organizations and individuals to whom the bold idea belongs.

Two or more organizations may collaborate on a single idea.


About the Audacious Project:

Number of Grants
There’s no set number of ideas that The Audacious Project supports. In 2020 eight ideas were supported.

Estimated Size of Grant
There are no restrictions on the project funding requests. Funding varies widely, depending on the needs, requirements and possibility of each project. Each budget must be realistic and align with the project activities and proposed timeline.

Contact Information
Apply online:

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