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2021 Culture of Health Prize

Awards to USA Communities to Recognize
Efforts to Improve the Health of Local Residents

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute

Conf. Date:

09/15/20

LOI Date:

10/15/20

Deadline Date:

12/21/20 3:00 PM ET

Description:

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Awards of $25,000 and in-kind support to USA and territories municipalities, tribes, and Native Hawaiian organizations for collaborative efforts to improve the quality of life and health of residents. The purpose of this program is to recognize communities working on the forefront of advancing health, opportunity, and equity for all. Community partners can decide together how to use the funds to benefit the community.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Culture of Health Prize (the Prize) elevates the compelling stories of places where residents are working together to transform education, jobs, transportation, housing, and more, so better health flourishes for all. A Culture of Health recognizes that where individuals live—such as access to affordable homes, quality schools, good jobs, and reliable transportation—affects how long and how well they live. 

Selection Criteria:

  • Defining Health in the Broadest Possible Terms
  • Committing to Sustainable Systems Changes and Policy-Oriented, Long-Term Solutions
  • Creating Conditions that Give Everyone a Fair and Just Opportunity to Reach Their Best Possible Health
  • Maximizing the Collective Power of Leaders, Partners, and Community Members
  • Securing and Making the Most of Available Resources
  • Measuring and Sharing Progress and Results

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175672

Number of Grants:

The 2021 RWJF Culture of Health Prize will be awarded to up to 10 communities.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Winning communities will receive:
- A $25,000 prize.
- Communications funds to help share their story. Communities will have the opportunity to determine the communications tools that will best support their work.
- Strategic guidance and training from communications professionals. Communities will receive support and resources to aid in the national and local promotion of their stories and training to improve media skills.
- National and local promotion. Stories will be shared to inspire others’ efforts, such as outreach to media, policymakers, and networks of organizations.
- Opportunities to expand networks. Winners will have opportunities to connect with other national and local leaders working to build a Culture of Health such as past Prize-winning communities.

Awardees will 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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The RWJF Culture of Health Prize honors U.S. communities. Submissions representing the work of a single organization will not be considered. With the exception of previous Prize winners and 2020 finalists, all past applicants are eligible to re-apply for 2021.

A “community” must be a geographically defined jurisdiction within the United States* that falls into one of the following categories:**
- County, parish, borough, city, town, village, or other municipality with a publicly elected governing body
- 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

* Communities within U.S. territories are welcome to apply. Communities in places that may have unique governance structures (such as U.S. territories, Alaska, and Hawaii) should contact the Prize program with eligibility questions well in advance of the application deadline.

** Neighborhoods and states are not eligible to apply.

Each individual will indicate one of the following organization types 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

Pre-proposal Conference:

Register to join the informational webinar, on August 6 at 3 p.m. ET, to learn more about how you can be one of the next Culture of Health Prize-winning communities: https://chrr.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_MKmQSANKQ8yxY4mY7FShww.

Pre-Application Information:

Application is open July 13, 2020 through October 15, 2020 at 3 p.m. ET.

- Phase I: October 15, 2020 (3 p.m. ET) - Phase I Applications (for all applicant communities) are due.
- Phase II: November 13, 2020 - Invitations extended to select applicant communities to submit Phase II Applications.
- December 21, 2020 (3 p.m. ET) - Phase II Applications (for invited communities) are due.
- Phase III: Site Visit Phase: February 16, 2021 - Invitations extended to finalist communities to participate in the Site Visit Phase.
- Spring 2021 - Site visits with finalist communities.
- Recognition Phase: Fall 2021 - National announcement of winners and celebration event.

General FAQs: https://www.rwjf.org/content/granteeresources/FAQs/FAQsforApplicants.html

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Application: https://my.rwjf.org/login.do?applyCfpId=3115&cfp=3115

E-mail: info@cohprize.wisc.edu
Tel: (608) 890-2045

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

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