An organization can submit only one application as the Lead Organization. An organization can also serve as a partner on a team for multiple applications provided that each application proposes a separate, distinct solution. Each application must be submitted by a different team member using a unique email address. Organizations who are current grantees or have previously received funding from the LEGO Foundation are welcome to apply, as long as they meet all eligibility criteria.
Internal Deadline: Closed.
External Deadline: May 17, 2022
Award Type: Grant
Estimated Number of Awards and Award Amount: 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.
Who May Serve as PI:
Proposed ideas must be submitted by:
- An entity that is registered and recognized under the law of the applicable jurisdiction as a non-governmental organization, an educational organization, a charitable organization, a social welfare organization, a not-for-profit organization, or similar-type entity that is not a for-profit organization or agency.
- A for-profit entity qualified to do business and in good standing under the laws of the local jurisdiction in which it operates.
Process for Limited Submissions
PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal: https://rii.usc.edu/oor-portal/.
Materials to submit include:
- (1) Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt). Page limit includes references and illustrations. Pages that exceed the 1-page limit will be excluded from review.
- (2) CV – (5 pages maximum)
Note: The portal requires information about the PIs and Co-PIs in addition to department and contact information, including the 10-digit USC ID#, Gender, and Ethnicity. Please have this material prepared before beginning this application.
In honour of the LEGO ® brand’s 90th anniversary, the LEGO Foundation, together with Lever for Change, have launched a 900 million DKK challenge (approx. 143 million USD) to fund bold ideas that will help build a world where every child has the chance to play and learn.
The Challenge will center on children from birth to six years old and focus on the intersection of early childhood with other social issues. It will enable any organization who can make a positive impact on the youngest children anywhere in the world, to bid for a proportion of the DKK 900 million (USD 143 million) grant. The LEGO Foundation and Lever for Change welcome bold solutions that address children’s well-being and holistic development and invite applicants to articulate how their proposals fit within and build upon the efforts of other organizations in the early childhood development sector.
Ideas can come from any partner; NGO; civil society; or non-profit that will transform early childhood development and help build a brighter future for the builders of tomorrow. Grants will be awarded to evidence-based innovative solutions to the problems that hinder early childhood development. These include, but are not limited to, access to early childhood care and education, adequate nutrition, eradication of toxic stress in homes and communities, reduction of violence in homes and communities, protection from pollution, and supporting the social and emotional well-being of the whole family.
Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for more updates and other announcements.