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Grinnell Prize

Awards to USA, Canada, and International
Individuals to Recognize Social Justice Innovators

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Grinnell College

Deadline Date:

10/07/19 11:59 PM CST


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Awards to USA, Canada, and International individuals to recognize outstanding and creative work in social justice and change. Awards are intended for innovators who have identified a particular need and created a systemic solution for it that has made a significant impact in the field.

The nominee can be associated with a for-profit organization or a governmental entity, and, in fact, need not be associated with any organization. While it is often the case that a nominee’s innovative work is done with the support and within the framework of an organization (often founded by the nominee), the Grinnell Prize is intended to recognize an outstanding individual, not an organization. For example, a visual artist, independent of any organization, can be a social justice innovator by exposing a societal problem in a creative way, thereby affecting the perception or opinion of other individuals and resulting in societal change.

The nomination form will be used to evaluate the nominee's ability to:

  • Identify pressing social justice needs and utilize critical-thinking and problem-solving skills to solve issues related to that need; 
  • Be innovative and socially just in the design and implementation of their solutions; and
  • Demonstrate their solution’s current and potential social justice impact. 

The innovation aspect of the Prize is an important criterion. The College seeks 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. The Prize Selection Committee will examine whether a contribution is innovative in the context of the individual’s approach, chosen field, and geographical location.

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GrantWatch ID#: 174178

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Grinnell College reserves the right to modify the number of prizes awarded annually based on, but not limited to, the quality of nominations and financial considerations.

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Nomination Criteria:
- Nominees must be nominated by a third party.
- Nominees may be a single individual or a team of two people who are working together and who are the primary project innovators.
- Each nominee must have earned a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) between 2004 and 2020.
- Nominees should be forces for social justice. The nominator should be able to demonstrate that the nominees, through their education, hard work, and dedication, have: Identified a concrete social or environmental justice need; Designed and implemented an equitable and creative solution related to that need; Begun to address the need’s systemic and root causes; and Demonstrated a substantive and sustainable community or environmental impact.
- Nominees must consent to their nomination. This consent will be given in the form of a letter that nominators upload in PDF format. (If you are nominating two individuals for collaborative work, nominees should write this letter together.) Details of what needs to be included in the letter can be found at the URL for Full Text below.
- Nominees should have demonstrated the essence of Grinnell College's broad liberal arts education through serving the common good and demonstrating expertise in the areas of critical thinking, innovative problem solving, and measurable systemic change making.
- Nominees must not be widely known outside their immediate community or field.
- Nominees may be nationals of any country.
- Nominees DO NOT need to be affiliated with Grinnell College.
- Nominees must have sufficient English fluency to engage with the Grinnell College community.
- Nominees must be able to provide in English any supplemental information required as part of the selection process.

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 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.

Pre-Application Information:

The 2020 Grinnell Prize Nomination Form is due at 11:59 p.m. CST, October 7, 2019.

All nominations must be submitted online.

The nominees will be required to attend an on-campus award ceremony and symposium. (Travel and food costs will be covered by Grinnell College, but the winner is responsible for obtaining and the costs to obtain the necessary travel documents, e.g., visa, passport).

Due to the volume of nominations received, the College cannot provide personal consultations with nominators regarding a nomination’s content. However the College is able to answer questions regarding a nominee’s eligibility. Please review the nomination instructions, which will assist you in focusing your nomination essay and outlining the nomination criteria. If there is any doubt, proceed to nominate the individual.

Interested parties may submit as many nominations as there are individuals that meet the criteria and eligibility requirements; however, each nomination is limited to two individuals.

Due to the volume of nominations received, nomination essays cannot be revised once they have been submitted. If an individual is nominated more than once by the same nominator, the College will only consider the first submission.

Applicants who were nominated in the past for the Grinnell Prize may be renominated as long as they meet the current criteria.


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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For any questions, contact:

Grinnell College
1115 8th Avenue
Grinnell, IA 50112

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