Raising Places: Building Child-Centered Communities

2017 Call for Proposals

    Release Date: March 6, 2017 | Application Deadline: March 31, 2017, 3:00 p.m. ET


Raising Places catalyzes local momentum for cross-sector collaboration, engaging diverse partners to build healthier communities where all children and their families can thrive. Through Raising Places, Greater Good Studio will offer a catalytic process—bringing together diverse stakeholders in communities primed to move from ideas to action and to create long-term, sustainable change. Through this process, communities will explore both symptoms and root causes of local challenges, identify leverage points, and create tangible solutions that address these challenges at different levels and types of impact. The specific outcomes of our work together will vary in each community, based on the local interpretation of “healthy, child-centered community” and the challenges they want to prioritize. 

Eligibility and Selection Criteria


  • The community must have a recognized identity—either formally (e.g., neighborhood, ward, business district, census tract, reservation/pueblo, rural community) or informally (e.g., neighbor-recognized area, focus of an existing collaboration).
  • Be located in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia. Territories are not eligible to apply.


  • Be a registered 501(c)(3).
  • Be located in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia.

Design Team

  • Include members with perspectives focused on both better childhoods and better communities (see examples on page 10 of the CFP).

Key Dates

March 6, 2017
CFP announced and Letter of Intent (LOI) released.  

March 20, 2017 (4:15 p.m. ET)
Optional webinar to discuss questions. See registration details at raisingplaces.org. 

March 31, 2017 (3 p.m. ET)
LOI due         

April 3, 2017        
Full Application released.

April 17, 2017 (4:15 p.m. ET)
Optional webinar to discuss questions. Registration details will be shared in April.

May 5, 2017 (3 p.m. ET)                    
Full Application due.

June 5, 2017              
Selected communities invited to participate in site visits. (depending on reviewer availability, site visits may be virtual or in person)

June 19–July 7, 2017
Site visits conducted.

Mid-July 2017
Finalists notified.

September 1, 2017
Grants awarded.


Total Awards

  • Six selected conveners will each receive a grant of $60,000 from RWJF to support their team’s work.
  • Funds are expected to be awarded in September 2017.
  • It is unlikely that there will be further funds available to support local projects at the end of this award period.

Application is Now Closed

Application closed as of:
March 31, 2017, 3:00 p.m. ET

Key Contacts

Annemarie Spitz, design research lead
Greater Good Studio
Email: hello@raisingplaces.org

From the blog

How Can We Design Communities Where Kids and Families Thrive?

Raising Places is a new funding opportunity that will engage teams in six selected communities to create healthier environments for kids and families.

Read the blog post