Foundation / Corporation
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)
05/05/21 5:00 PM ET
Awards of $25,000 to USA and Canada sports teams and organizations to recognize effective uses of sports to foster and sustain healthier communities. Applicants are expected to demonstrate a collaborative and innovative approach to community health improvement and address barriers to vulnerable populations.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Sports Award recognizes professional sports teams, athletes, coaches, and community-based organizations that use sports to catalyze and sustain changes to make communities healthier places to live, learn, work, and play. Through this Award community-based organizations that bring a deep understanding of community needs and acknowledge the power of sports to connect and make people healthier, no matter our race, gender, abilities, or economic background are acknowledged.
There are many barriers that prevent people from living their healthiest lives possible, including socioeconomic status, race, transportation, and ability. An individual’s zip code can significantly impact their quality of life and life expectancy. Where people live shouldn’t determine how long or how well they live. RWJF believes everyone should be surrounded by conditions that help them achieve the healthiest life possible—such as access to healthy food, quality schools, and safe places to exercise and play. Unfortunately, in many communities, there are persistent barriers to health and to opportunities to thrive. For the first time, the world risks raising a generation of children who may live sicker, shorter lives than their parents.
In many sports, there have been racist and oppressive systems that often play a role in women, people of color, and people with disabilities being excluded from places and activities. This program attempts to address those issues by lifting up organizations that provide safe places to play, develop relationships, and build resilience to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). ACEs can have serious, long-term impacts on a child’s health and well-being by contributing to high levels of toxic stress that derails healthy development. As seen with past winners and finalists, sports can be used as a vehicle to provide healing, prevent violence, and help youth reach their full potential.
The COVID-19 pandemic has uncovered inequities in social determinants to health across communities—along with their significant consequences to physical and mental health. RWJF understands the constraints on typical programming and aims to recognize those that rose to the challenge of supporting their communities. This includes innovative collaboration, temporary transition of goals, and commitment to health equity in a time of crisis.
GrantWatch ID#: 154396
Up to five awards
Each winner receives:
- $25,000 cash prize;
- Eligibility for continued funding through the Opportunity Fund which annually supports past winners.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Online application portal:
Direct questions to:
Director, RWJF Sports Award
Phone: (301) 657-9379
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
50 College Road East
Princeton, NJ 08540-6614
US Toll Free: (877) 843-7953
International: +1 (609) 627-6000
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Canada: Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Northwest Territories; Nova Scotia; Nunavut; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; Yukon;
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