The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) 2015 Culture of Health Prize is awarded annually to honor outstanding community efforts and partnerships that are helping people live healthier lives. Winning communities will each receive a $25,000 cash prize and have their accomplishments celebrated and shared broadly with the goal of raising awareness and inspiring locally-driven change across the country.
Up to 10 RWJF Culture of Health Prize winning communities will be honored in 2015 and each will receive a $25,000 cash prize.
September 17, 2014 (3 p.m. ET)
Phase I Applications (for all applicant communities) due.
October 17, 2014
Invitations extended to select applicant communities to submit Phase II Applications.
December 10, 2014 (3 p.m. ET)
Phase II Applications (for invited communities) due.
February 13, 2015
Invitations extended to finalist communities to participate in the Site Visit Phase.
April 6 – June 12, 2015
Site visits with finalist communities.
National announcement of winners and celebration event.
Eligibility and Selection Criteria
The RWJF Culture of Health Prize is a place-based prize that honors whole U.S. communities; submissions representing the work of a single organization or initiative will not be considered.
To be eligible to apply for a prize, a “community” must be based in the United States and fall into one of the following categories:
- Tribe or Tribal Community
- Region (such as contiguous towns, cities, or counties)
Communities will be asked to select primary and alternate contacts for their application. These individuals will indicate their organizational affiliation, which could be a:
- Hospital or health care organization
- Local foundation
- Government agency or department
- Social service agency
Each applicant community will be required to designate a local U.S. governmental 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; reports to RWJF or UWPHI on prize expenditures are not required.
Manager, RWJF Culture of Health Prize, County Health Rankings & Roadmaps
University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute