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Rethink Supply Chains Challenge

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Individuals
and Teams for Ideas to Prevent Labor Trafficking

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Funding Source:

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Partnership for Freedom, sponsored by Humanity United and administered by Luminary Labs, LLC

Deadline Date:

12/13/15 11:59 PM EST


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Grants and in-kind support starting at $20,000 to USA, Canada, and International individuals and teams for the development of innovative technological solutions that that help businesses, workers, governments, and non-governmental organizations identify, eradicate, and prevent labor trafficking and/or forced labor practices from the supply chain for goods and services.

For the purposes of this challenge, labor trafficking and/or forced labor practices include forced labor, slavery, the worst forms of child labor, and human trafficking, defined as the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion, for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.

Solutions are encouraged to focus on one or more of the following areas:

1. Workers’ Voices: Mobile tools that help workers to share information and foster community, access resources, and report labor violations to businesses, governments, NGOs, or each other in the most safe and secure ways possible.

2. Recruitment: Tools to improve the transparency and accountability of the labor recruitment process, encourage responsible practices for employers and recruiters, and empower workers to more safely navigate the employment process.

3. Traceability: Technologies that enable businesses, workers, governments, and NGOs to track, map, and/or share information on commodities, products, and labor conditions in supply chains at high risk of forced labor.

The total available prize pool for the Challenge includes $400,000 in prizes and up to $100,000 of anticipated in-kind support, the form and amount of which is to be determined and provided by the Partnership in its sole discretion.

From the $400,000 Challenge prize pool, up to five Finalists will be awarded $20,000 following the judging of open submissions. Finalists will have the opportunity to improve and iterate upon their submissions and to develop a prototype during the Finalist Accelerator Phase.

After the Finalist Accelerator Phase, Grand Prize Applications shall be submitted. The same Judges will select one Grand Prize winner to receive a $250,000 grant and one Grand Prize Runner-Up winner to receive a $50,000 grant.

The Grand Prize and the Grand Prize Runner-Up awards must be used to support the development of the technological solution proposed in the submission. This may include covering operational or administrative costs of an organization to implement the concept, as appropriate.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 165005

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

There will be five Finalists, one Grand-Prize Winner, and one Grand Prize Runner-Up.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Finalists will receive prize packages of $20,000 and technical assistance to further develop their concept.

The Grand Prize Winner will receive $250,000 and the Grand Prize Runner-Up winner will receive $50,000.

Term of Contract:

Finalist Accelerator: January– March, 2016

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible to compete to win a prize in the Challenge, Entrants must be:
- An individual or team of individuals consisting of legal residents of the United States and comprised of individuals at least 18 years of age, or
- An entity or team of entities organized in and maintaining a primary place of business in the United States.

To avoid any ambiguity, foreign citizens who are not legal residents of the United States can participate only as employees of an entity that is properly organized in the USA and that maintains a primary place of business in the USA, or as members of a team for which the Team Lead is an USA citizen or resident.

Please note that foreign individuals, teams of foreign individuals, foreign agencies, and teams of foreign agencies may apply for a waiver of the requirement to be a legal resident of the United States or an entity organized in the United States.

To request such a waiver to participate in the Challenge, please:
(a) Submit to the Partnership the full legal names and nationality of each individual or entity wishing to participate,
(b) Affirmatively represent that the Challenge does not violate the laws of the country where each individual or entity resides, and
(c) Otherwise agree to comply with these Official Rules.

All such waiver requests should be sent to and should include “Foreign Participant Waiver Request” in the subject line.


- Applicants must not be a Federal entity or Federal employee acting within the scope of his or her employment.

- Past and current employees and members of the Board of Trustees or Board of Directors, as applicable, of Luminary Labs, Humanity United, the Righteous Persons Foundation, the Goldman Sachs Foundation (10,000 Women Initiative), and the Ray and Dagmar Dolby Family Fund, and the current employees of the USA Department of Justice, USA Department of Health and Human Services, the USA Department of Housing and Urban Development, the USA Department of State, the Department of Labor, and each of their affiliates, and/or any other individual or entity associated with the development, evaluation, or administration of the Challenge, as well as members of such persons’ immediate families (spouses, children, siblings, parents) and persons living in the same household as such persons, whether or not related, are not eligible to participate in the Challenge.

Pre-Application Information:

Entrants can submit concepts online at:

Submissions may be made by an individual, team, or agency. All Individuals and/or team members must be clearly identified on the submission form for a submission to be eligible for the Challenge.

The Challenge will be conducted in four phases:

1. Submission Deadline: December 13, 2015 by 11:59 PM EST

2. Finalists Announced: January 2016
Up to five Finalists will be selected to receive $20,000 each and advance to the Finalist Accelerator.

3. Finalist Accelerator Phase: January – March 2016
Finalists will iterate their concepts into a prototype, through the in-person Finalist Boot Camp and expert mentorship.

4. Winner Announcement: April 2016
One Grand Prize winner and one Grand Prize Runner-Up winner will receive $250,000 and $50,000, respectively.

Contact Information:

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


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