Find Nonprofit and Small Business Grants

Advance Search

Only Available for Paid Subscribers
Clear Filters
Search Filters

2021 Digital Workforce Challenge

Prizes to USA, Canada, and International Individuals, Teams, and Start-Ups
for Technology-Based Projects to Increase Employment for the Underserved

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

Add to My Calendar 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - MIT Solve and ServiceNow

Conf. Date:

07/29/21

Deadline Date:

09/10/21 12:00 PM ET

Description:

Request a Grant Writer

Prizes to USA, Canada, and International individuals, entrepreneurs, students, teams, and start-ups for technology-based projects to increase employment among underserved groups. Funding is intended to support initiatives addressing barriers to participation in the digital workforce. This Challenge is open to solutions currently deployed in one or more of the following ServiceNow locations: Australia/New Zealand, Canada, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, Japan, the Netherlands, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United States, or operating in another country but with clear plans to deploy in one or more of the above ServiceNow locations.

ServiceNow seeks tech-enabled solutions for the 2021 Digital Workforce Challenge that leverage technology and strengthen digital capacity-building to meet the needs of the current and future digital workforce. ServiceNow seeks solutions that make the world of work better for all, and that: 

  • Prepare those entering, re-entering, or who are already in the workforce for the future of work through affordable and equitable digital skills, training, and employment opportunities
  • Reduce inequalities in the digital workforce for historically underserved groups through improved hiring and retention practices, skills assessments, training, and employer education and engagement
  • Provide more equitable access to the digital workforce for all, including those lacking connectivity, those who are differently-abled, and those with undervalued talents
  • Create opportunities for people to engage and succeed in the digital workforce by bolstering necessary wraparound supports, such as childcare and employee wellbeing

ServiceNow is looking for solutions that are in pilot or early growth phase (at a minimum, the solution needs to have a working tested prototype). Solutions must be tech-based. Solve's definition of "tech-based" is broad and includes both low and high tech, including but not limited to AI, blockchain, virtual reality, and user-friendly mobile apps – at its core, technology is the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes. 

Prizes:

  • Grand Prize Winner: The Finalist with the highest score following Rounds One and Two will be the Grand Prize winner(s). 
  • Sponsor will also select US Racial Equity Prize winner, among the selected Finalists, based on two criteria: (i) the submission must be directed towards solving United States’ racial equity, (ii) the Finalist is based in the United States, and (i) the submission with the highest score in the “Inclusive human-centered design” Judging Criteria. 
  • Sponsor will also select an Employee’s Choice Prize winner, among the selected Finalists, who is voted on by the Sponsor’s employees. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 196229

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$160,000

Number of Grants:

One Grand Prize Winner, One US Racial Equity Prize Winner, and One ServiceNow Employee Choice Award

Estimated Size of Grant:

- One Grand Prize Winner: US$100,000 will be granted to the Digital Workforce Challenge Grand Prize Winner.
- One US Racial Equity Prize Winner: US$50,000 will be granted to a Finalist solution designed by and for communities of color and help advance antiracist and equitable digital workforces in the US.
- One ServiceNow Employee Choice Award: US$10,000 will be granted to the Finalist solution with the most ServiceNow employee votes.

In addition to funding, ServiceNow may provide the selected winner of the 2021 Digital Workforce Challenge with in-kind resources, including skills-based mentorship, media opportunities, and ServiceNow workflow solution support.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The “ServiceNow Digital Workforce Challenge 2021” Contest (the “Contest”) is open to (i) individuals, entrepreneurs, teams, or established start-ups except those who are legal residents of the Province of Quebec, Italy, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Pakistan, Brazil, Mexico, North Korea, Iran, Cuba, Syria, Crimea and the Philippines (“Ineligible Countries”); (ii) individuals who are the age of majority or older in his or her state or country of residence at the time of entry.

Employees, temporary workers, interns, officers, and directors of ServiceNow, Inc., its affiliated companies, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, any and all other entities, including the Administrator, directly associated with this Contest (“Released Parties”), and the immediate family members and members of the same residing in the household of any of the above are not eligible to enter or win. Employees or officials of any government entity are not eligible to enter or win a prize. Failure to meet the eligibility requirements will result in an entry being invalid and forfeiture of any prize. Individuals who are legal residents of one of the Ineligible Countries are not eligible to participate or win a prize.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Register for the info session on July 29:
https://mit.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_XiYB9p1oSZyjYeQlPtqF7Q

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Challenge Opens: May 10, 2021
- Deadline to Submit a Solution: September 10, 2021, 12:00 pm ET
- November 2021 - Pitch event for Finalists [virtual]
- Winner Announcement Event: November 16, 2021

Round One: Up to ten (10) Eligible Entrants will be selected as a Finalist. The judging and final determination of the Finalists will be in the sole discretion of the judges. Finalists may be required to provide additional information at any time to remain eligible, as requested by ServiceNow.

Round Two: The Finalists selected in Round One will then present their solution submitted during the Contest Period via a live three (3) minute demonstration and an opportunity to answer questions from the same panel of judges as Round One. The Finalist with highest score in Round Two will be the Grand Prize winner(s).

Limit one (1) entry per person.

Official Rules: https://solve.mit.edu/challenges/2021-digital-workforce/custom/official-rules#challenge-subnav-offset
FAQs: https://solve.mit.edu/challenges/2021-digital-workforce/custom/FAQ#challenge-subnav-offset

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit a Solution Online: https://solve.mit.edu/login?selected_challenge_id=122

Contact Form: https://solve.mit.edu/contact

ServiceNow Inc.
2225 Lawson Lane
Santa Clara, CA 95054

Grant Coverage Areas:

This Challenge is open to solutions currently deployed in one or more of the following ServiceNow locations: Australia/New Zealand, Canada, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, Japan, the Netherlands, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United States, or operating in another country but with clear plans to deploy in one or more of the above ServiceNow locations.

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

Israel

International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.

Suggested Grants:

Grants to USA Nonprofits to Address the Climate Crisis and Reduce Inequality

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to USA nonprofit organizations to reduce social inequality and promote solutions to the climate crisis. Eligible programs will address the areas of racial and economic justice, corporate and political accountability; voice, creativity, and culture; and an inclusi

GrantWatch ID#: 123756

Grants to New Jersey Agencies, Nonprofits, IHEs, and Libraries to Support the Arts in Eligib...

Deadline 09/24/21

Grants to New Jersey governmental units, nonprofit organizations, IHEs, and libraries to promote and support the arts in eligible locations. Funding is intended for public arts events and activities. Eligible nonprofit arts organizations may request funding for general

GrantWatch ID#: 124619

Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits for Educational Programs that Benefit Disadvantaged Children ...

Deadline 09/30/21

Grants to Minnesota nonprofit organizations for education-related programs and projects that improve the lives of low-income, underserved, and disadvantaged children and youth. Funding is intended to support efforts to eliminate disparities in education for these target

GrantWatch ID#: 124989

Grants to Montana Nonprofits and Agencies for Projects to Reduce and Prevent Pollution

Deadline 10/29/21

Grants of up to $30,000 to Montana nonprofit organizations and government agencies for projects to reduce and prevent pollution throughout the state. Applicants must complete required registrations prior to submitting an application. Funding is intended for the design a

GrantWatch ID#: 125323

Grants to Virginia Nonprofits for Public Programs that Promote the Humanities in Local Commu...

Deadline 01/15/22 LOI Date: 11/15/21

Grants of up to $5,000 and grants of up to $20,000 to Virginia nonprofit organizations for programs that promote the humanities in local communities. Certain applicants are required to submit an LOI prior to a full grant application. All applicants are advised to contac

GrantWatch ID#: 125447

Grants to Massachusetts Nonprofits for Community Benefit Programs Primarily to Support Youth

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to Massachusetts nonprofit organizations for community benefit initiatives. A letter of intent must be submitted prior to submitting a full proposal. Priority is given to addressing the needs of low-income youth, children, and their families. The funding source s

GrantWatch ID#: 125830

Grants to USA and Canada Nonprofit Charitable Organizations to Impact Public Policy in a Var...

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to USA and Canada nonprofit charitable organizations to impact public policy in a variety of national and international issues. In previous years, grants have been awarded for general operations and project support to think tanks, national councils, judicial orga

GrantWatch ID#: 125864

Grants to New York and Pennsylvania Families Caring for a Child with Cancer to Offset Treatm...

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to New York and Pennsylvania families living in eligible areas and caring for a child with cancer to offset expenses related to the child's cancer treatments. Funding is intended to cover costs not covered by health insurance, including travel costs, housing, and

GrantWatch ID#: 125904

Grants to USA Nonprofits to Protect Natural Resources

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to USA nonprofit organizations to protect natural resources on land and water in locations around the world. Funding is intended to ensure that activities to acquire metals, gemstones, and corals for design use do not have an adverse impact on the area of origin.

GrantWatch ID#: 126162

Grants to Arizona Nonprofit and Faith-Based Organizations to Address Community Needs

Deadline 10/22/21

Grants of up to $50,000 to Arizona nonprofit and faith-based organizations for programs that address community needs. Focus areas include arts and education, children and families, and older adults. Priority will be given to applicants serving low-income or underserved

GrantWatch ID#: 126185