APPLY FOR THE 2020 SOCIAL INNOVATION AWARD

Help us find people working on innovative ideas in Cambridge

Cambridge Community Foundation is excited to announce our second Social Innovation Award competition this spring. As a funder of Cambridge nonprofits for more than a century, we are deeply rooted in the community—yet we are confident there are local ideas we don’t know about. Last year, we uncovered five award-winning ideas presenting innovative solutions to pressing social problems and we know there are more. We want to discover and foster the next generation of emerging leaders and ideas that will help shape our mission to support Cambridge’s shared prosperity, social equity, and cultural richness.

Somewhere in Cambridge we know there is a student, an emerging nonprofit, a group of neighbors, or an entrepreneur tackling a problem, inventing a solution, and/or implementing a program that will improve the quality of life in Cambridge.

We’re looking for original ideas that exhibit creativity, daring, and ambition. We value light touch interventions—programs that can be implemented with small resources and create big impact. Help us find them!

The award winner will receive $5,000 and two runners-up will each receive $1,000. All three also will receive at least one pro bono consulting session with the Foundation and join a growing network of social entrepreneurs in the community. The winner and runners-up will be announced later this spring (details to come).

You may self-nominate or nominate someone else by sending us their contact information.

Applications are due May 4, 2020.

Eligibility criteria for the 2020 Social Innovation Award

  • Program is Cambridge-based
  • Must fill out application by due date: May 4, 2020
  • Individuals, students, groups, entrepreneurs, non-profits encouraged to apply
  • 501c3 status is NOT REQUIRED
  • Programs within organizations previously funded by CCF are NOT eligible to apply

Panel of judges

  • Vanessa Ly – Co-founder, Sisters Unchained; 2019 Social Innovation Award winner
  • Sumbul Siddiqui – Mayor, City of Cambridge
  • Ellis Washington – Pastor, St. Paul A.M.E. Church
  • Lori Lander – Founder, Many Helping Hands 365; Artist; CCF board member (non-voting judge)
  • Two more judges to be named soon!

To Apply

You may self-nominate or nominate someone else by sending us their contact information.

To nominate yourself: Apply online here.

To nominate someone else: Send the nominee’s name and email address to award@cambridgecf.org. We will send them an application.

Questions? Please feel free to contact Jenny White, jwhite@cambridgecf.org, 617.576.9966.

Apply for the 2020 Social Innovation Award