Who is eligible to apply?

We welcome applications from individuals, nonprofits, government agencies, and mission-driven for-profit entities. The Springboard Prize rewards transformational ideas originating from any sector. Current Aviv Foundation grantees are ineligible to apply.

Must applicants be based in the United States?

Yes, the Springboard Prize is intended to positively impact the US child welfare system and will be awarded only to applicants in the US and its territories.

What do we mean by the “child welfare system”?

The child welfare system refers to the constellation of people and organizations that help prevent, treat, and heal child abuse and neglect. It includes interventions designed to prevent the circumstances that lead to children entering foster care, support children and families involved in foster care, and ensure that children thrive once they leave foster care.

How do I submit an application?

All applications must be submitted through the Application page.

How will applications be assessed?

Applications will be reviewed by the Prize’s Advisory Committee and the Aviv Foundation team. We will be looking for ideas that are innovative and achievable, and have the potential to make a meaningful impact. Leaders of color and individuals with experience in foster care are strongly encouraged to apply. Additional details can be found in our Application Guidelines.

What will selected awardees receive?

Four individuals or organizations will receive $200,000 to launch new or expand existing innovative projects. Awardees will also receive support for an evaluation to help assess the project’s impact and set the project up for future success. The Aviv Foundation will provide grant funding over two years, with the second year contingent on achieving agreed-upon benchmarks.

What will applicants that are not selected receive?

We are acutely aware of the need for more funding in the child welfare community. While we will only be awarding funds to four finalists, we plan to promote promising applicants’ work with other potential funders and leaders in the child welfare field.

Can I apply in partnership with another person or organization?

Yes, we welcome joint submissions. The second-round application includes a question for you to explain the value of the partnership in furthering your work.

Can I subgrant the Prize to other organizations (such as through an incubator or prize-within-a-prize)?

No. It is not the intention of the Springboard Prize to award funds that would be subsequently sub-granted to other organizations.

Who should I contact with questions?

Update: The Springboard Prize Team offered 32 "office hour" sessions throughout February as an additional avenue for applicants to ask questions. While there are no additional office hours available, we encourage you to email us your questions at springboardprize@avivfoundation.org.