Pitch To Ditch Poverty

Creative Approaches to Reduce Poverty through Community Engagement

We are seeking creative approaches via an innovation challenge that provides funding, support and recognition to individuals and community-led groups who have big ideas that address family financial instability. Participants will have the opportunity to pitch their ideas to the community for potential funding and additional support.

Big ideas, at a grassroots level, must be designed in collaboration with the people who will use the innovation. There’s no better way to understand the hopes and aspirations of those you’re designing for than by talking with them directly! In addition, your ideas must consider diversity, equity and inclusion into the decision-making process to help remove disparities among groups for the best possible solutions.

We know there are many individuals and groups who want to create a more economically just and inclusive community,  while inspiring a new generation of change-makers. This innovation challenge offers a chance to win up to $10,000 to be split between three creative approaches awarded to local groups. Funding is to be used toward the initial launch of winning approaches to reducing poverty.

Pitch to Ditch Poverty Challenge:

1) Support innovative projects with promising potential for social impact.

2) Foster a diverse pipeline of innovators through targeted outreach, support and education.


Eligibility Criteria

Your big idea must address poverty, stagnant wages and/or financial instability of Pierce County families. Concepts must be designed with people who are living in poverty that you want to impact. You must consider the following components:

· Focus on the people who will use your product/innovation

· Help solve the fundamental problem, rather than the symptoms

· Think of everything as a system and the big picture

· Be willing to test your design decisions with real people to create the best user-experience

· Any team with at least three Pierce County residents as members are eligible to apply. The following groups are encouraged, but not limited to, in order to apply:

° Student groups and classes (all ages)

° Groups of individuals with lived experience (e.g. ex-offenders, homeless, youth, etc.)

° Any informal group of neighbors and community-led groups

° Grassroots leadership groups and cross-sector content expert groups

° Advocacy and special interest groups

° Faith-based communities

Apply Here 

Timeline: Key Dates

Proposals submitted by                      July 31, 2019 5:00 pm

Proposals selected by panel               August 19, 2019

Full presentations to panel                 (Week of) September 30, 2019

Finalists pitch to guests                     November 12, 2019 during Poverty to Possibilities (8:00 am-12 noon)

To learn more, contact kelvinc@uwpc.org

Pitch to Ditch Poverty flyer (PDF)