Application Process

Everything you need to know about applying for the grant.

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The Application Portal

Applications will be submitted through an online portal called SlideRoom. You can create a Slideroom account by providing an email address and password. If you already have a SlideRoom account, you can log into that existing account. Organizations will receive email notifications about their application status from SlideRoom throughout the application process.

SlideRoom offers helpful online resources for applicants. We recommend reviewing their support page to see if your question is addressed in one of their step-by-step guides.

Round 1


Deadline: February 19, 2020, 11:59 p.m. ET

The Round 1 application is intentionally brief to encourage organizations with creative and innovative ideas to apply. Organizations can plan to spend three to four hours completing the Round 1 application.

Required documentation includes:

  • A Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) (also referred to as an employer Identification Number or EIN)
  • 501(c)(3) documentation for nonprofits
  • A  Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number for both nonprofits and for-profit

Review Process

Senior leaders from across Enterprise will lead the review of Round 1 applications. Selection committees will bring field expertise across the challenge’s three focus areas as well as knowledge of rural, suburban, tribal and urban communities.

Each application will be reviewed and scored by a minimum of three selection committee members. Three cross-functional selection committees will re-review the top tier of high-scoring applications. Cross-functional committees will meet in person to engage in the consensus-driven selection of approximately 40 applications to move to Round 2 of the challenge.

Primary criteria scoring (60%):

  • Alignment with opportunity statement: 25%
  • Scalable or catalyzes change: 10%
  • Focus on low- and moderate-income households: 10%
  • Articulated clearly/justified by local context and market conditions: 10%
  • Geography includes rural and/or TDHEs: 5%

Secondary criteria scoring (40%):

  • Climate resilience, green building, healthy building: 15%
  • Racial equity principles/disparities: 15%
  • Use of technology: 5%
  • Creative partnerships: 5%


We will notify Round 1 applicants whether they have been selected to move forward to Round 2 by March 17, 2020.

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Round 2

March 18 - April 14, 2020

For the roughly 40 applicants selected to move forward, the Round 2 application will be released on March 18, 2020. Applicants will have until April 14, 2020, to submit this application. On or before May 21, 2020, we will invite 15 applicants to participate in Round 3 of the challenge.

Details about the Round 2 application and review process will be available here. Please check back for more details.

Round 3

May 26 - July 31, 2020

Round 3 will include a pitch competition in late June 2020. Fifteen finalists will prepare a short presentation on their breakthrough idea to a selection committee. The final six winners of the challenge will be announced by July 31, 2020.

We’ll share more specifics about Round 3 of the challenge soon. Please stay tuned for more information.

Webinar Resources

You can access both the slides plus on-demand recordings from our two informational webinars here.

Webinar 1

Challenge Grant Overview

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Webinar 2

In-depth Application Review

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