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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize 2024

Application Deadline: June 03, 2024 3:00 PM

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize honors the work of communities that are at the forefront of addressing structural racism and other injustices to advance health, opportunity, and equity for all. Since its launch in 2013, the Prize has recognized more than 60 communities across the country, inspiring change and highlighting community-led solutions that show us that a more just and equitable world is possible. Previous Prize winners are creating the conditions to enable residents to reach their best health and wellbeing, each working on several key aspects-such as access to healthy foods, transportation, safe and affordable housing, economic opportunity, clean water and air, reproductive justice, and Native and Indigenous peoples’ sovereignty.

Eligibility Requirements

The Prize is awarded to place-based communities. Eligible applicants must represent one of the following:

  • Whole city, town, village, borough, or other municipality with a publicly elected governing body
  • County or parish
  • Federally recognized tribal nations, state-designated American Indian reservation or other Indigenous communities that reside on contiguous land
  • Native Hawaiian organization serving and representing the interests of Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders in Hawaii
  • Communities within U.S. territories such as Puerto Rico
  • Region, defined as geographically contiguous municipalities, counties, and/or reservations

Partnership within communities is at the heart of the Prize. To be eligible, applications should represent a partnership of multiple unique organizations whose collaboration predates the Prize application. 

Award Prize:

Types of Award: 
Awards funded under this opportunity will be structured as a prize for accomplishments previously completed. Since the Prize is not a grant, there are no programmatic requirements or deliverables required of winners once it is awarded.

Number of Awards: Up to 10

Amount of Each Award: $250,000

Award Duration: This is a one-time Prize 

Use of Funds: Award funds are distributed as a prize and do not have any specific budgetary requirements. Funds may be used at the discretion of the recipient with the following exceptions. In keeping with RWJF policy, funds may not be used to support clinical trials of unapproved drugs or devices, to construct or renovate facilities, and for lobbying or political activities. Additional budget guidelines are provided in the online application materials.

Payment of Awards: The Prize will be paid in full to winners upon awardee selection by the Foundation and completion of necessary documentation.


April 3, 2024 (2 p.m. ET)   
Optional applicant webinar. Registration is available through this link.A recording of the webinar will be available on the RWJF website for those not able to attend the live session.

June 3, 2024 (3 p.m. ET)   
Deadline for all applications. Please direct any technological inquiries to HRiA at least 24 hours in advance of the deadline.

Week of August 21, 2024   
Applicants will be notified whether or not they have been selected as finalists.

October–November 2024   
Site visits will be conducted by a review team with selected finalist applicant communities.

June 2025   
National announcement and celebration of winners.

More Info: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize



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