Grinnell College: Inviting applications for The Grinnell College Innovator for Social Justice Prize, or the Grinnell Prize to honor individuals who have demonstrated leadership in their fields and who show creativity, commitment, and extraordinary accomplishment in effecting positive social change.

Donor Name:  Grinnell College
Award name: The Grinnell College Innovator for Social Justice Prize, or the Grinnell Prize

Award brief:  The Grinnell College Innovator for Social Justice Prize, or the Grinnell Prize, directly reflects Grinnell’s historic mission to educate men and women “who are prepared in life and work to use their knowledge and their abilities to serve the common good.”

The Grinnell College Innovator for Social Justice Prize (the Grinnell Prize) honors individuals who have demonstrated leadership in their fields and who show creativity, commitment, and extraordinary accomplishment in effecting positive social change. Each prize carries an award of $100,000, half to the winning individual(s) and half to their organization.

The innovation aspect of the Prize is an important criterion. The College is seeking individuals who are creative problem solvers. The innovation can be a product; it can be a process; it can be a novel use of old or new technology; it can create new opportunities; it can be a market-based solution; it can lead to a more sustainable or just solution to an existing problem. For instance, is the individual a pioneer in using a certain method or technique to solve a problem? Is the idea original? Is an old method being used in new ways? Is the approach more comprehensive than others working in the same field? Does it disrupt the status quo or create systemic change? The Prize Selection Committee will examine whether a contribution is innovative in the context of the individual’s approach, chosen field, and geographical location. A competitive nomination will articulate how the nominee is innovative and distinguishable from others doing similar work.

Focus Area:
Agriculture, Food: a focus on agricultural programs, food service, or food distribution programs
● Animal Related: a focus on animal protection and welfare, wildlife preservation/protection, veterinary services, zoos, or zoological societies
● Arts, Culture, and Media: a focus on performing or visual arts, fostering ethnic and cultural awareness and understanding, or a focus on media
● Business: for-profit endeavors in any area, including chemical, consulting, entertainment, financial, food, renewable energy, retail, technology, and trade, among others
● Civil and Human Rights: a focus on human rights advocacy in cases where governing structures do not provide for these rights or where there is a lack of resources to ensure human rights, either domestically or internationally
● Crime, Legal Services: a focus on crime prevention or on law and legal services
● Education: a focus on education at the primary level, secondary level, post-secondary level, or in special education institutions or programs
● Environmental Sustainability, Protection, and Conservation: a focus on environmental sustainability; protecting/conserving water resources (including wetlands), land resources (including forests), and energy resources
● Government: a focus on country-level government, state/province-level government, or municipal/county-level government (including police, fire, administrative, or elected officials)
● Health: a focus on issues related to the health care industry (e.g. public health, nutrition, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, wellness, mental health) or health care infrastructure
● Human Services: a focus on services that promote human well-being
● International Development, Foreign Affairs, and National Security: a focus on multidisciplinary approaches to international human development, foreign aid, economic development, diplomacy, or security, through governments or NGOs
● Philanthropy and Volunteerism: a focus on the promotion of initiatives or non-paid service that is aimed at the “human good” by individual and/or public entities to address any issue area
● Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness, and Relief: a focus on services related to general safety or disaster situations, such as search and rescue services, natural disaster evacuation and recovery, fire prevention/protection/control, and disaster monitoring and accountability
● Religion, Spiritual Development: a focus on addressing the religious and spiritual needs of individuals and communities, through activities such as organized religious services or counseling
● Research, Think Tank: a focus on using research in a wide range of areas including anthropology, sociology, economics, behavior science, political science, population studies, demographics (including geography), law, or international law to enrich debate and provide information or advocacy
● Social Entrepreneurship: a focus on promoting or engaging in social entrepreneurship (e.g. Ashoka)
● Youth Leadership, Development: a focus on developing youth participation and leadership in community services clubs, agricultural programs, business organizations, citizenship programs, or religious leadership programs
● No Focus Area
Other: in your own words, describe the focus area, employer type, or area of accomplishment of your employer, organization, or nominee

Deadline: Nominations for the 2018 Grinnell Prize are open from July 15 to October 9, 2017.

Award details link:

Award limit:  The College was very impressed with the quality of nominations, and would have happily awarded more Prizes but for the limit of up to three $100,000 prizes.

Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for understanding and further clarification.

Project start date: N/A
Project duration: N/A
Eligible organization: As below

● The Grinnell Prize is open to all individuals who meet the eligibility requirements and criteria, including students and alumni.
● Members of the Selection Committee and the Grinnell Prize program staff may not submit a nomination. Also, individuals may not nominate themselves (no self-nominations). There are no other restrictions. This means the nominator can be a relative, a board member of the individual’s organization, or affiliated with the College (e.g., a student). Ideally, the nominator should be someone who is well acquainted or personally familiar with the nominee’s work, and can attest to the nominee’s qualifications. Nominators should be available for possible follow-up questions throughout the selection process.

Submission mail: N/A

Other important link:
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How to apply:
Interested applicants may apply online via the given website (

Visit all Funding opportunities:

Facebook page-Fund for Bangladesh

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