How to Apply
Please read the application instructions carefully.
Email two letters of reference and the completed application form, including the five selection criteria statements and your essay, to email@example.com by midnight, April 30, EDT.
- Observe the word count limit. You can optimize your word limit by referring to your initiative’s website (note the details that the website provides, such as staffing, budget and resources).
- Read the Frequently Asked Questions.
- In your narrative stay focused on providing the most relevant information and specific information or examples to support your case.
- Usually, it is more effective for the overarching organization to submit a proposal rather than one subset of the organization (for example, a national literacy center rather than one town’s center, which is part of the national group).
- Focus on the impact—improving people’s lives. You might distribute a million books, but if people don’t read those books then the initiative may or may not be making the difference.
- If applying for the David M. Rubenstein Prize, demonstrate:
- Broad and deep impact over time.
- Growth and improvement over time.
- How the initiative sustains itself through stable funding, staffing and other support.