The Lego Foundation has launched a £100m global fund to promote children’s learning and play.
The Build A World of Play Challenge has been launched by the charitable arm of the toy manufacturer to fund initiatives that are “designed to meaningfully impact the wellbeing and holistic development of young children”.
Charities and organisations from around the world are invited to apply for funding with “ideas that transform early childhood experiences while addressing global social issues to ensure that all young children grow up in safe, nurturing and stimulating environments.
Ten finalists will be selected in September from among applicants. Each finalist will receive around £700,000 to develop their initiative.
By the end of the year the Foundation plans to announce up to five awards, three will receive grants of £22m each and two will be handed £11m grants.
Introducing: the 900 million DKK #BuildaWorldofPlay Challenge. It’s an open call to share impactful solutions that centre on children from birth to six. We encourage organisations around the world to join this challenge. Click here to find out more: https://t.co/W8uVlyyIQo pic.twitter.com/kXJ8sSv8Tp— The LEGO Foundation (@LEGOfoundation) February 16, 2022
The Foundation adds that “the fund asks the question: what if the needs of the world’s youngest children, their families and their communities were a driving force in everything from the way societies design care and education systems, plan health systems, design cities and infrastructure and tackle the climate crisis”
Registration for the fund ends on April 7.