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LEGO Foundation: Build a Playworld Challenge

Deadline: 7-Apr-22

The LEGO Foundation invites organizations for the Build a World of Play Challenge to fund bold and impactful global solutions focused on early childhood.

This challenge, the largest public grant ever awarded by the LEGO Foundation, reaffirms the commitment of the LEGO® brand in its 90th year to ensure that children everywhere have the opportunity to learn through play.

The challenge seeks solutions designed to have a significant impact on the well-being and holistic development of young children (from birth to six years old) in a sustainable way. It asks the question: what if the needs of the world’s youngest children, their families and communities were a driving force in everything from how societies design systems of care and education, plan health, design cities and infrastructure, and tackle the climate crisis?

Price Information
  • Up to ten finalists will be selected in September 2022. Each finalist will receive DKK 6.5 million (approximately $1 million) to strengthen the proposed plan, start building their team and develop to successfully implement their innovation.
  • Selecting from the finalist organizations, The LEGO Foundation will announce up to five prizes by the end of 2022.
  • There will be three grants awarded for DKK 200 million (approximately USD 30 million) each and two grants awarded for DKK 100 million (approximately USD 15 million) each.
Prohibited use of scholarship funds

Scholarship funds must be used for the project for which they are awarded and cannot be used:

  • For non-charitable purposes; (for for-profit organizations)
  • For activities that do not directly or indirectly benefit children, education or research;
  • For general funds used for broader purposes than the proposed solution
  • To award a grant to anyone for travel, study, or other similar purposes, or to award a grant to any organization that is not part of the solution/strategy you are proposing;
  • Individuals, contractors and sub-recipient organizations who are not registered to do business (under applicable law) in their home country;
  • For lobbying as the main objective of the proposed project. Any organization that engages in lobbying activities must ensure that it complies with all applicable laws in its jurisdiction and may not act as an agent of the LEGO Foundation;
  • For the creation of any endowment or for the aggregation of philanthropic capital by organizations that donate to non-profit organizations;
  • For the creation of a venture capital fund or mutual funds to be invested in or distributed to for-profit organizations;
  • For loans or microloans to individuals, non-profit or for-profit entities unrelated to the proposed solution;
  • To fund general operational support of the lead organization and/or any partner;
  • Loss of income;
  • Cash payments to beneficiaries.
Eligibility criteria
  • For the Build A World Of Play challenge, organizations eligible to serve as the lead organization must be:
    • An entity that is recognized and registered under the law of the applicable jurisdiction as a non-governmental organization, educational organization, charitable organization, social welfare organization, not-for-profit or similar type entity that does not is not a government agency.
    • A for-profit entity qualified to do business and in good standing under the laws of the local jurisdiction in which it operates.
  • The lead organization is a single legal entity that has legal responsibility, authority, and control for the use of all grant funds, is responsible for reporting on all grant funds, and must be able to exercise de facto and de jure direction, control, and supervision of the proposed project and grant funds.
  • Eligible organizations are encouraged to partner or collaborate with government agencies, contractors and other entities to implement the initiative.

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