The Innovation Fund

Posted Oct 01, 2020

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Application Due Oct 14, 2020



The Fall 2020 cycle of The Innovation Fund is now open. Applications must be submitted by October 14, 2020. Subscribe to receive updates about this and future cycles of The Innovation Fund.

The Innovation Fund is The Workers Lab’s signature program. We invest in leaders who are ready to move their ideas forward, to learn, and share their learnings so that others can build on them.

The Innovation Fund award winners receive $150,000 and 12 months of support to test their ideas. Anyone can apply.

Coming Back: The Innovation Fund Fall 2020

This cycle comes at a time when lots of people are trying to come back – to school or work, or from taking some time off, if they’re lucky. For many workers, the notion of coming back was never a notion at all. They had no choice but to keep going to work to support their families and our communities. This cycle is aimed at supporting them.

We will be accepting applications from every community in the country, and we’re especially interested in seeding innovation from under-resourced areas, rural areas, and California’s Inland Empire and Central Valley regions. 

Broad Call. Focused Impact.

We are open to a range of ideas focused on the various kinds of that support workers, their families, and communities need to come back stronger. We are particularly interested in new ideas that promote quality jobs and shared prosperity. As always, we especially want to uncover new ideas for and from workers in communities of color. This means workers and worker leaders, local and community leaders, pastors and priests, teachers and lawyers, social entrepreneurs and small business owners.

We seek submissions from social entrepreneurs who:

  • Rebuild businesses by Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC)
  • Stimulate quality jobs everywhere, especially in rural communities
  • Rethink or expand the social contract with workers, including public benefits, and more

At The Workers Lab, our purpose is to give new ideas about increasing worker power a chance to succeed and flourish, and new ideas for workers need a chance now, perhaps more than ever before. If you, or someone you know, has an idea to help workers come back stronger than before, please apply.


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