The RWJF Culture of Health Prize honors whole U.S. communities; submissions representing the work of a single organization will not be considered.
To be eligible for a prize, a community must be based in the United States* and fall into one of the following categories:
- Town, village, borough, and other local incorporated places
- County or parish
- Federally-recognized tribes
- Native Hawaiian organizations serving and representing the interests of Native Hawaiians in Hawaii
- Region (such as contiguous towns, cities, or counties)
* Communities within U.S. territories are welcome to apply.
Neighborhoods, states, and unincorporated local communities are not eligible to apply.
With the exception of 2015 finalists and 2013-15 winners, all past applicants are eligible to reapply in 2016 (2015 finalists may reapply in 2017).
Communities will be asked to select primary and alternate contacts for their application. These individuals will indicate their organizational affiliation, which could be a:
- Community coalition or resident group
- Hospital or health care organization
- Local foundation
- Government agency or department
- Non-profit community-based organization
Each applicant community will be required to 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. Community partners can decide together how to use the funds to benefit the community; budget reports to RWJF or University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI) on Prize expenditures are not required.