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Sports Award

Awards to USA and Canada Sports Teams, Athletes,
and Organizations for Promoting Healthy Communities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)

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Deadline Date:

07/02/18 5:00 PM ET


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Awards of $10,000 and additional benefits to USA and Canada sports teams, athletes, and organizations that effectively use sports to foster and sustain positive community changes. Candidates for this award make communities healthier places to learn, live, work, and play.

Selection Criteria:

In determining the winners of the RWJF Sports Award, the Foundation will take into account the guiding principles in addition to the following selection criteria:

Making communities healthier through sport:
The degree to which the applicant uses sport to address the root causes that influence health and health equity including the diversity of population reached and solutions that contribute to policy, systems, or environmental changes that improve health.

This focus on health and health equity may include:
-Removing obstacles to health such as poverty, discrimination, and their consequences, including powerlessness and lack of access to good jobs with fair pay, quality education and housing, safe environments, and health care.
-Valuing diverse perspectives; fostering a sense of security, belonging, and trust; and engaging in collective problem solving, including full participation by excluded or marginalized groups and those most affected by poor health in making decisions and driving solutions.

The level of creativity and solutions thinking used to advance health and health equity goals.

The level of inclusion and cooperation across a broad set of perspectives and sectors to achieve health and health equity goals including shared purpose and accountability.

Impact and Measurable Results:
The level of success in improving health and health equity in the target population(s) and community(s). The degree the work is being evaluated and results shared with partners and target audiences.

The approaches used that demonstrate a commitment to solutions that will be long lasting.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 154396

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each category winner receives:
-$10,000 cash prize;
-Your story and success celebrated broadly to inspire others;
-Opportunity to engage with other community leaders at RWJF headquarters during private ceremony.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Foundation will consider applications in the following three categories:

-Category 1: A professional sports team community relations department or foundation based in the United States or Canada.

-Category 2: An individual athlete or professional coach's foundation based in the United States or Canada.

-Category 3: An organization in the United States or Canada that is an influential leader and model for improving community health through sports.

Applicants that are not charitable organizations or public entities must apply with an organization that is such an entity and will receive the prize funds. Additional documentation may be requested. 

The Foundation pledges to work in ways that reflect its values and guiding principles. The Foundation strives to treat everyone with respect; the Foundation cultivates diversity, inclusion, and collaboration; and acts as good stewards of private resources, using them to advance the public’s interest. The Foundation recognizes that its reputation and success also depend upon the integrity, fairness, and sound judgment of those with whom it works.   

With these principles in mind, RWJF will not consider an application if it is submitted by an entity whose name, brand, or practices—in the Foundation’s judgment—denigrates, harms, or discriminates against any racial or ethnic group.  For example, a team with a name or mascot that, in RWJF’s view, denigrates Native Americans will not be eligible for the award.

Pre-proposal Conference:

An Information Session is scheduled for May 30, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is July 2, 2018, 5:00 PM ET.

Key Dates:
-May 7: Call for Applications (CFA) opens
-May 30: Information Session 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
-July 2: Call for Applications (CFA) closes at 5:00 p.m. ET
-August 27: Finalists announced
-October 5: Winners notified
-November 15: Ceremony at RWJF

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon