Culture of Health Award Funding Opportunity: Invitation to Apply

Opportunity:  Lake County Build a Generation, a local nonprofit working to build a movement for health and wellbeing in Lake County, invites Lake County-based government and nonprofit agencies (or projects using a government or nonprofit fiscal sponsor) to apply for a $25,000 award by April 2, 2021. 

Background: In 2018, the Lake County Public Health Agency, Lake County Build a Generation, and the Lake County School District submitted an application on behalf of Lake County, Colorado for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF’s) Culture of Health Award. The RWJF Culture of Health Prize is “an annual competition to honor and elevate U.S. communities that are making great strides in their journey toward better health for all—communities that have come together around a commitment to health, opportunity, and equity through collaboration and inclusion, especially with historically marginalized populations and those facing the greatest barriers to good health.”

In 2019, these agencies were notified that Lake County was one of five prize-winning communities for that year. Lake County was one of five communities chosen from nearly 200 applicants across the country to receive the Prize in 2019. It was the first Colorado community ever to win the award. Lake County received this national distinction thanks to our broad-based partnerships, strong resident engagement, and innovative strategies to improve health.

Efforts that led to our Prize selection included initiatives such as Get Outdoors Leadville! and the Youth Master Plan–projects in which our community worked tirelessly to imagine projects grounded in collaboration, data, and resident input. The prize committee noted that Lake County is improving college and career readiness through a dual-enrollment program at a local college, implementing restorative justice in the school system, and supporting homegrown businesses. They also highlighted the training, leadership opportunities, and inclusive practices (such as removing language barriers) that are helping Lake County residents advocate for themselves in a way that is most meaningful to them. For more information about why Lake County was awarded the prize, please visit the RWJF Culture of Health website

As part of the prize, the Lake County community received a cash award. Lake County Build a Generation and the Youth Master Plan/Health Equity Steering Committee are now releasing an opportunity for local organizations to apply for the funds. The $25,000 award will be given in one lump sum to the community project that best exemplifies the prize criteria. 

For more details:  For more information, please access the application here. Questions not answered by the application can be directed to Eudelia Contreras (in English or Spanish) at