The Community Tool Box established the Out of the Box Prize to honor innovative approaches to promoting community health and development worldwide.
By the closing date of October 31, 2010, we were overwhelmed by the positive response we had received - over 309 applications from 42 counties.
Applicants came in from around the globe - from the Americas to Zambia, and many countries in between. These projects reflect the abundance of work being done to improve community health and well-being around the world. Applicants' work included efforts to improve community health and development in a variety of creative ways -- addressing issues of importance to communities including the environment, HIV/AIDS, addressing Millennium Development Goals, rallying neighborhoods together for change, and improving the public's health.
Stephen B. Fawcett, director of the Work Group for Community Health and Development that sponsors the Community Tool Box, believes the sheer number of projects submitted to the contest testifies to how much community innovation is underway in the far corners of the world. “The power of communities to take action is a wonderful thing to behold. The competition made it possible for people around the world to share what works and to inspire others to take action.”
The Work Group for Community Health and Development is one of the 14 centers of the Life Span Institute at the University of Kansas.
Information about the Prize:
$5,000 cash award (USD)
$2,000 cash award (USD)
All Award Finalists are featured on the Community Tool Box as an outstanding example of "Taking Action in Your Community"
Finalists were selected by an international panel of judges and winners were selected by vote from Community Tool Box visitors.
Important Contest Dates:
8/1/2010: Opening Date for Applications
10/31/2010: Deadline for submission of applications
11/1 - 11/21/2010: International panel reviews the applications to select finalists (View the panel of judges)
12/1/2010: Award finalists posted on the Community Tool Box; public voting begins
1/31/2011: Public voting closes
2/15/2011: Grand Prize and Second Prize announced
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