Applications Open for 2019 RWJF Culture of Health Prize!

Deadline: 1 November 2018

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is seeking applications for its 2019 RWJF Culture of Health Prize in order to recognize communities that have come together around a commitment to health, opportunity, and equity through collaboration and inclusion, especially with historically marginalized populations and those facing the greatest barriers to good health.

The Prize honors those communities that are working to give everyone the opportunity to live well, including residents that are often left behind.

Award Information

In this seventh round of the annual Prize competition, up to 10 winning communities will:

  • Receive a $25,000 cash prize;
  • Receive customized communications materials about their community including videos, photos, and stories captured by journalists and other communications professionals;
  • Receive strategic communications counsel leading up to, during, and in follow-up to the Prize winner announcement;
  • Receive national and local promotion of their stories and successes to inspire others’ efforts, including outreach to media, policy stakeholders and organizational networks; and
  • Engage in opportunities to build knowledge with other national and community leaders working to build a Culture of Health, including past Prize winners through the Prize Alumni Network.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The RWJF Culture of Health Prize honors U.S. communities; submissions representing the work of a single organization will not be considered.
  • To be eligible to apply for a Prize, a community must be a geographically defined jurisdiction within the United States that falls into one of the following categories:
    • City, town, village, borough, or other municipality with a publicly-elected governing body
    • County or parish
    • Federally-recognized tribe or a state-designated Indian reservation
    • Native Hawaiian organization serving and representing the interests of Native Hawaiians in Hawaii
    • Region defined as geographically contiguous municipalities, counties, and/or reservations
  • Neighborhoods and states are not eligible to apply.
  • Except for previous Prize winners and 2018 finalists, all past applicants are eligible to reapply for 2019 (2018 finalists may reapply in 2020).
  • Communities will be asked to select two contact people for their application, preferably from two different organizations. Each individual will indicate the type of organization with which they are affiliated, such as:
    • Business
    • Community coalition, grassroots, advocacy, or resident group
    • Hospital or health care organization
    • Local foundation
    • Government agency or department
    • School
    • Non-profit community-based organization
    • Community development organization
  • Each applicant community will be required to designate a local U.S. governmental entity or tax exempt public charity operating in its community to accept the $25,000 Prize on the community’s behalf, should they win. Community partners can decide together how to use the funds to benefit the community; budget reports on Prize expenditures are not required.

How to Apply

Applicants can apply online via given website.

Eligible Country: United States

For more information, please visit RWJF Culture of Health Prize.

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