2020 Culture of Health Prize

Purpose: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize elevates the compelling stories of community members throughout the country who are working together in new ways so that everyone can live their healthiest life possible, regardless of who they are or how much money they make. A Culture of Health recognizes that where we live—such as our access to affordable homes, quality schools, and reliable transportation—affects how long and how well we live. The Prize elevates the compelling stories of community members who are working together to transform neighborhoods, schools, businesses, and more—so that the opportunity for better health flourishes for all.
Receipt Date: Expires: November 4, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. ET
Total Awards: In this eighth 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 guidance leading up to, during, and in follow-up to the Prize winner announcement to make the most of their Prize recognition;
  • Receive national and local promotion of their stories and successes to inspire others’ efforts, including outreach to media, policymakers and networks of organizations; and
  • Interact with and learn from other national and local leaders working to build a Culture of Health, including past Prize winners through the Prize Alumni Network.
Eligibility: 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 2019 finalists, all past applicants are eligible to reapply for 2020 (2019 finalists may reapply in 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.

Link: https://www.rwjf.org/en/library/funding-opportunities/2019/2020-culture-of-health-prize.html