At Ambassador Enterprises, we believe in working together to build a better community for everyone. To that end, we created the Strategic Empowerment and Enterprise Development (SEED) Challenge, an opportunity for organizations to join forces to address an unmet, systemic need in their communities.


HOW IT WORKS. Two (or more) organizations, at least one of which is a nonprofit, come together to broaden their impact and cultivate deeply-rooted change in their communities. Proposals must be submitted by the nonprofit partner, and must present measurable, meaningful and innovative ideas to address a systemic need.


THE CRITERIA. A panel of judges will select the final winners based on a number of factors. We are looking for innovative ideas that transform communities and foster collaboration. What that looks like is up to you. So dream big and let’s make a difference, together.



The submitting nonprofit begins by filling out the initial application below. Within three business days, the submitter will be contacted with next steps, and those qualified to continue will be invited to submit a formal proposal by April 30th. The SEED Challenge committee will review the formal proposals in the order in which they are received, and site visits will be scheduled with up to 10 finalists. Finally, in July, the Top 5 will present to the panel of judges and the winners will be announced, including the grand prize winners who will receive $100,000, the runner-up who will receive $60,000, and third place who will receive $30,000. All of these funds will go toward the winning initiatives.


The grand prize is $100,000, the runner-up receives $60,000, and third place receives $30,000 to go towards implementing their projects.

All collaborations must be composed of two or more organizations, one of which must be a nonprofit. The partner(s) can be for-profit entities, government agencies, or other nonprofit organizations. The submitting organization must be a 501(c)(3).

Please fill out one proposal per project.

While the SEED Challenge is proud to be based in northeast Indiana, it is open to any nonprofit working to meet a systemic need in their community.

We are open to funding any collaborative project that creatively meets a systemic need, there are no preconceived ideas of what we expect. The only exception is capital campaigns, which will not be funded.

You will be contacted within three business days and at that time you may be invited to submit a full proposal.

With the proposal, we require a signature page (provided), an IRS determination letter from the submitting organization, and a detailed project budget. In addition, we ask for supporting financial documents which could include: a financial audit, a financial review, or financial statements from the past six months.

Online applications and formal proposals must be completed by April 30th, 2018. We recommend completing the initial application by April 13th to allow sufficient time to complete the formal proposal.


Thank you for your interest and participation in the 2018 SEED Challenge. The application period has now closed, and we are currently reviewing the proposals. We hope to see you again in 2019!