Award Criteria

Making Prosperity Possible For All

Proposals may consist of a new policy or public-private partnership or the expansion of an already existing initiative with the goals of income generation and asset acquisition. Applicants may propose important organizational, government, or research initiatives they have been involved in creating that failed to reach scale or broader public notice. We seek a diverse group of applicants who have worked on issues related to poverty and/or are developing new ideas to expand opportunity for low-income people—all are encouraged to apply!

Selection criteria

  • Boldness of proposals to create new policies or public-private partnerships or to expand the scale of previously restricted initiatives
  • Feasibility of proposals to attract stronger coalitions among existing stakeholders or new potential
  • Fresh policy frameworks that recast current assumptions and accepted facts
  • New tools or re-purposing of existing tools to improve the effectiveness of current policies
  • Potential to actually implement the outlined proposal

If selected for the finalist round, applicants will be invited to submit a fully developed proposal of up to 20 pages to the selection panel. Further instructions will be emailed to applicants.

A review panel made up of experts in the field will review finalist submissions and disperse discretionary cash prizes to awardees.

Awardees will also receive invitations to present the new idea at targeted opportunities across the country as well as the possibility of additional financial support for related travel.

Your proposal should be a Word or PDF file containing your name, address, contact information, and a concise 600-word description of your idea or program with a focus on addressing the selection criteria above. Optional supporting documents such as resumes, brochures, or references may be included as a separate, single PDF file. Submissions closed on Friday, January 24, 2014.

The sponsors are delighted to partner with Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity: The Source for News, Ideas and Action, which is helping to both inform potential applicants about the awards and to ensure wider recognition of the winners.