Despite all the strengths of the community in Howard County, we recognize that pressing problems continue to persist. Fortunately, our community has a long history of tireless work by many individuals and organizations that brought forward creative solutions. With the Changemaker Challenge, the Horizon Foundation and United Way of Central Maryland are partnering to spark and celebrate new and continued innovation in our community.
The 2019 Changemaker Challenge gives individuals, teams and nonprofits the chance to receive up to $25,000 in prize money to carry out their idea for social change in Howard County. Ideas are not limited to specific categories, and could focus on people with intellectual or developmental disabilities, health, the environment, social justice, children, teens, older adults or a host of other issue areas. Applications are open through Sept. 16, 2019 and the live event will take place Nov. 11, 2019.
In 2017, three local residents were named as winners of the Changemaker Challenge and received $10,000 in seed funding and project consultation to launch their ideas. The winners were selected among 10 finalists who presented their innovative ideas to address pressing issues in the county.