2017 RWJF Culture of Health Prize

Awards to USA Nonprofits and Government Agencies
to Recognize Efforts to Improve Residents' Health

GrantWatch ID#: 175672
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)



01/20/17 3:00 PM ET

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Awards of $25,000 to USA and Territories government agencies (e.g., municipalities, towns, tribes, etc.) and nonprofits that are committed to improving the health of local residents. A webinar will be held on September 22 and Phase I Applications are due by November 3.

These awards are intended to recognize communities that have placed a priority on health and are creating powerful partnerships and deep commitments that will enable everyone, especially those facing the greatest challenges, with the opportunity to live well.

A Culture of Health recognizes that health and well-being are greatly influenced by where people live, work, the safety of peoples' surroundings, and the relationships they have in their families and communities. The Prize elevates the compelling stories of local leaders and community members who are coming together to create conditions for health and prosperity by transforming neighborhoods, schools, and businesses—so that good health flourishes everywhere.

Up to 10 winning communities will be awarded a prize.

Winning communities will:

- Receive a $25,000 cash prize;
- Have their stories and successes celebrated broadly to inspire others toward locally-driven change;
- Engage with other national and community leaders as ambassadors for building a Culture of Health across America; and,
- Join a Prize Alumni Network to learn with other Prize winners and network locally, regionally, and nationally.

To be eligible to apply for a prize, a “community” must be based in the USA* and fall into one of the following categories:

- Town, village, borough, or other local incorporated place
- City
- County or parish
- Federally-recognized tribe
- Native Hawaiian organization serving and representing the interests of
- Native Hawaiians in Hawaii
- Region (such as contiguous towns, cities, or counties)

* Communities within USA territories are welcome to apply.

Neighborhoods, states, and unincorporated local communities are not eligible to apply.

With the exception of previous Prize winners and 2016 finalists, all past applicants are eligible to reapply in 2017 (2016 finalists may reapply in 2018).

Communities will be asked to select primary and alternate contact people for their application, preferably from two different organizations. Each individual will indicate one of the following organization types with which they are affiliated:

- Business
- Community coalition or resident group
- Hospital or health care organization
- Local foundation
- Government agency or department
- School
- Nonprofit community-based organization
- Community development organization

Each applicant community will be required to designate a local USA governmental agency 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.

2017 RWJF Culture of Health Prize Phase I Informational Webinar:

Join RWJF for an informational webinar on the 2017 RWJF Culture of Health Prize Call for Applications on September 22, 2016 from 3:00–4:00 PM ET. To register, click here:

A recording of the webinar will be posted within a week at

The following documents are available for download in the Supporting Documents section below:

- A sample application to preview
- The application form in English
- The application form in Spanish
- The FAQs

Key Dates and Deadlines:

Phase I Applications (for all applicant communities) due: November 3, 2016 (3:00 PM ET)

Invitations extended to select applicant communities to submit Phase II Applications: December 9, 2016

Phase II Applications (for invited communities) due: January 20, 2017 (3:00 PM ET)

Invitations extended to finalist communities to participate in the Site Visit Phase: March 3, 2017

Site visits with finalist communities: April 3–June 9, 2017

National announcement of winners and celebration and learning event: Fall 2017

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

For more information please contact:

Carrie Carroll, Deputy Director
RWJF Culture of Health Prize
Phone: 608-263-6983

Click here to apply online:

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