2015 Children's Prize Round 1 Proposal Feedback

Dear Applicants:

Many of you requested feedback on your round one proposal submission, and we would like to acknowledge your efforts. Although it is difficult to provide hundreds of applicants detailed and personalized feedback, we would like to take a moment and highlight the most common reasons why applications were unsuccessful in moving forward to the second round. The collective feedback we are providing here is important, and it is intended to emphasize the value we place on the connection between feedback and improvement since our goal, as a funding initiative, is to elevate excellence that will result in more lives saved.

The eight observations below are to assist you in any future prize application writing that you may undertake, and were noted among this year’s proposals:

  1. In general, we highly recommend that an outside person proofread the material you plan to submit prior to submitting. This will ensure that your application conveys what you intend while being clear and concise on your plan. Also, this may be especially beneficial for non-native English speakers.
  2. The required criteria for the prize was not adequately addressed and/or met. This includes but is not limited to: the under-five children population was not the primary target, the project population to be served was not clearly stated and specified, the project timeline was too long (3 years and over), lack of a data-oriented approach, and proposal submitted in a language other than English.
  3. The majority of applicants emphasized the problem significantly rather than the proposed solution. In this case, a solutions-focused approach is highly recommended.
  4. Lack of clarity, application was too vague when outlining the project plan. There is a difference between a project idea and a project plan that is ready for implementation. Successful applicants were compelling and established clear goals with measurable outcomes.
  5. There were instances where application questions were not answered directly, sometimes ignored completely or response was insufficient. We suggest that each question be answered as direct as possible.
  6. There were credibility concerns associated with number estimates, proposing a fact/science based project, and the extent of links to community partners outlined. Although you don’t have to be a doctor or part of a large organization to be considered or be successful in the prize process, credibility remains important.
  7. Applicants proposed a significantly low overall impact for the prize funds.
  8. Proposals were  experimental or strictly research focused. In general, successful applicants balanced cost-effective approaches while introducing novel elements to their work in serving and saving lives under-five in a data-driven context.


Each round of the Children’s Prize serves a specific purpose. The first round is an open call to any person or entity with a ready-to-implement plan that is focused on saving children under-five from preventable and treatable causes. Given the brevity of the initial application as well as the hundreds of submissions received, the applicant will benefit from approaching the first round as a funding request “pitch.” Creating a solid and concise pitch demonstrates your experience and capability to highlight the most important aspects of your proposed intervention(s) and overall project plan.

The second round, which is by invitation only, will be more thorough and comprehensive. It will include requests for additional material that include a project timeline, budget, references, etc. At this stage, only 20% of the round two applicants will continue the process to the third and finalist round where they will be reviewed by an outside panel of expert judges.

We hope that you will continue to pursue your project plans and that although you have been unsuccessful on this occasion, you found the Children’s Prize application process worthwhile, and can use this feedback to help you make a more effective application in the future. Please note, addressing general feedback provided does not guarantee that a future application will be successful.


The Children’s Prize Team

International Funding Opportunities


The second round of the 2015 Children's Prize opened Monday, July 13th.  With just under 400 proposals submitted, only a small fraction of the applicants (approximately 10%) were invited back to submit a more detailed and comprehensive application. Applicants, we recognize that each proposal is unique in its approach and merit. Therefore, we want to continue recognizing the importance of your work and dedication in ensuring that more children survive. Our team compiled funding opportunities to support your work, see the list below.

Every child health project that receives funding is an opportunity to save more lives, and that’s a win for children everywhere. We wish you all success in your future endeavors!

Child Health

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation: The Children, Families, and Communities Program

The Children, Families, and Communities Program strives to ensure that all children have the opportunity to reach their full potential. Our grantmaking strategies address two interrelated and fundamental needs that must be met for our children to thrive: health and education.

The Gerber Foundation

The mission of The Gerber Foundation, to enhance the quality of life of infants and young children in nutrition, care, and development, has remained the guiding beacon for Foundation giving throughout its history. Accordingly, priority is given to projects whose primary beneficiaries are young children from birth to three years of age.

Ronald McDonald House Charities

We are currently in the process of refining our global grant focus to ensure that we advance our mission by reaching children with the greatest needs around the world and ensuring that our resources contribute to impactful and measurable outcomes. During this process, RMHC will not be receiving grant applications from other non-profit organizations. We anticipate the next grant cycle to begin in early 2016.

Child Health Foundation

"to save the greatest number of children's lives at the lowest possible cost."

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.



EcoLogic Development Fund

To empower rural and indigenous people to restore and protect tropical ecosystems in Central America and Mexico.

New England Biolabs Foundation

The New England Biolabs Foundation ( NEBF ) is a private independent foundation whose mission is to foster community-based conservation of landscapes and seascapes and the bio-cultural diversity found in these places.



Deshpande Foundation

Our mission is to strengthen local ecosystems, build leaders and entrepreneurs, and catalyze innovative thinking to accelerate creation of sustainable, scalable enterprises that have significant social and economic impact.

Imago Dei Fund

Provides grants and support to a broad range of organizations working to create a more just world. Imago Dei seeks to partner with inspired change-agents working around the world to transform injustice with passion, faith, human solidarity, innovative ideas, effective programming, a collaborative bent, and a shared vision of a better world.

Segal Family Foundation

Seeks to make efficient & effective contributions to development in Sub Saharan Africa. We find & fund grassroots innovations that might otherwise be overlooked.

The Global Innovation Fund

The Global Innovation Fund invests in social innovations that aim to improve the lives and opportunities of millions of people in the developing world.

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)

The CFI funds leading-edge research projects that build the nation’s capacity to innovate, compete and prosper in a knowledge-based global economy.


Multiple Focus Area

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

HRSA awards billions of dollars in grants that enable organizations and institutions to help build healthy communities and healthy people.

The Mulago Foundation

Focused on scalable solutions to the basic needs of the very poor.

Barr Foundation

Global team is building a portfolio of projects that delivers measurable improvements in the interconnected areas of livelihoods, health, environment and education, predominantly in rural areas. Investments are currently focused in sub-Saharan Africa, Haiti, and India.

Bohemian Foundation

Global Programs focus on the areas of poverty alleviation, health and the environment.

The David Weekley Family Foundation

Works to alleviate global poverty, primarily in the areas of education, health, and financial security. We provide a combination of treasure, time, and talent to help social entrepreneurs reach scale.

Dietel Partners

A family-to-family philanthropic advisory firm that provides financial and other resources to enhance human rights, improve the lives of women and children, preserve cultural diversity and ensure the environmental health of the planet.

Draper Richards Kaplan

Believes that dedicated, talented leadership is the essence of social change. To this end, DRK Foundation provides funding and business mentoring to social entrepreneurs as they begin their non-profit organizations.

Grassroots International

Advancing the human right to land, water and food around the world through strategic grantmaking and advocacy.

The Greenbaum Foundation

Works to bring about the end of suffering (human and non-human) in areas of the highest need. The Foundation seeks and encourages business efficiency and selfless, common sense approaches to the humanitarian world. Organizations are assisted with guidance, networking, and funding.

Hunt Alternatives

We advance social change through grantmaking and operational programs.

Izumi Foundation

Provides assistance to the world’s poorest people through the development and support of programs that improve healthcare in developing countries.

Jasmine Social Investments

Fund entrepreneur led organisations targeting big problem
s with a market-based, impact-driven approach. We currently fund 20 experienced entrepreneurs developing scalable models to provide healthcare, education and improved livelihoods to the world’s most disadvantaged.

JC Flowers Foundation

The J.C. Flowers Foundation partners with other funding organizations, governments and local grassroots organizations to solve health and social problems. The Foundation seeks maximum impact from its investments by working with a wide range of partners with expertise and presence in hard to reach areas, or “last mile” communities.

J.P. Morgan Foundation

JPMorgan Chase works with community partners to create pathways to opportunity by supporting workforce development, financial capability, small business development and community development in the regions where we do business.

The Peery Foundation

Mission is to strengthen youth and families to build lives of dignity and self-reliance. We primarily invest in and serve early to mid-stage social entrepreneurs who are effectively addressing the issues of poverty in the San Francisco Bay Area and around the world.

The Pershing Square Foundation

Invests in organizations that use innovative and scalable solutions to attack the compounding roots of poverty: poor health, injustice, substandard education, economic limitations and isolated communities.

The Global Fund for Children

We find and invest in grassroots organizations that enable the most vulnerable children in their communities to thrive.

GlobalGiving Foundation

GlobalGiving is a charity fundraising website that gives social entrepreneurs and non-profits from anywhere in the world a chance to raise the money that they need to improve their communities.

Skoll Global Threats Fund

We believe global threats share causes, challenges and, potentially, cures. We primarily seek to identify and address complex challenges common to multiple global threats.

The Coca-Cola Foundation

Women: economic empowerment and entrepreneurship

Water: access to clean water, water conservation and recycling

Well-Being: active healthy living, education and youth development

In addition, the Foundation supports many local community programs such as arts and culture, community and economic development programs in the United States, as well as HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness programs in Africa and Latin America.

Costco Charitable Giving

We specifically focus on programs supporting children, education and health and human services. The United Way, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and the Red Cross are examples in our charitable giving.


Hasbro has a long and proud tradition of supporting children worldwide through a variety of philanthropic programs. Our mission is to empower childhood by bringing “the sparkle of Hope, the joy of Play and the power of Service” into the lives of the children who need us most.

The Mockingbird Foundation

The Mockingbird Foundation provides funding for music education for children, through competitive grants, emergency-related grants, and tour-related grants.

The Florida Panthers Foundation

The Florida Panthers Foundation supports the children and families of South Florida through partnerships, grants, and community programs that facilitate enhanced fitness, health and education. -Florida Panthers Foundation Mission



Ansara Family Fund at the Boston Foundation

Capacity Building to Eradicate Poverty.

Planet Wheeler Foundation

Established by Maureen and Tony Wheeler, founders of Lonely Planet Publications to support practical and effective projects which make a difference in the alleviation of poverty. We currently fund over 50 projects in the developing world, mainly in East Africa, Burkina Faso, Afghanistan, Burma, Cambodia and Laos.


Women's Rights

Global Fund for Women

Global Fund for Women makes grants and advocates globally for women’s human rights. We fund, amplify, connect, and sustain women’s organizations and women’s human rights movements, and create digital advocacy campaigns on critical global issues for women and girls.


Environment, climate change & children's health

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of 17 universal targets that will provide a roadmap for the future of international development. Viewed as a more comprehensive extension to replace the soon to expire Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the SDGs will be adopted by the United Nations in September 2015. Over the years, the mainstream conversation around the development goals has more markedly emphasized the role of the environment and climate change. These are underlying factors that will dictate the degree of success for the areas these development goals will address - poverty alleviation, improved maternal health and child health, reduced malnutrition, access to clean water, etc. Amongst the ambitious 17 goals you’ll find that Goal 13 emphasizes the need to “Protect the Planet” against the effects of climate change.

Sustainable Development Goal 13 Protect the Planet
Sustainable Development Goal 13: Protect the Planet.


At the Children’s Prize, our focus is to advance the survival of children under five. Within the context of environmental impacts and climate change, children are one of the first vulnerable populations that feel the effects of climate change, both directly and indirectly. But what makes children so vulnerable to changes in climate and environmental exposure and susceptible to disease? They have immature immune and central nervous systems that makes them more likely to experience infections and developmental problems. They have little to no control of their environment, generally have a smaller body mass to surface area ratio and require more water and nutrients per unit of weight. Not only can they consume high amounts of toxins and infectious agents, but they are significantly more susceptible to the negative effects of these exposures when compared to adults.

What are some current examples of climate related issues that affect children?

Climate change affects the geographic distribution and life cycle of vector organisms, such as rats and mosquitoes, and pathogens, such as malaria and schistosomiasis. These pathogens disproportionately affect children, especially in low resource countries such as Africa, where a child dies every minute from malaria. Changes in geographic distribution may cause mosquito populations to shift, bringing more malaria to one country while decreasing the malaria in previously affected countries. This could present a major problem, especially if countries are not equipped to handle diseases such as malaria. A lot more children may die as a result.

On the road in Karachi, Pakistan.
On the road in Karachi, Pakistan.


Agriculture and the availability of crops is a significant source of livelihood in many low resource areas. Mild climatic changes during growing and harvesting seasons can drastically affect crop yields. This can further impact the rates of childhood malnutrition, childhood mortality and morbidity. Childhood malnutrition remains one of the leading causes of death in children under five years of age, worldwide.

Wars and violent conflicts can and have been shown to occur simultaneousness following times of disease, starvation, drought, loss of habitat, and loss of natural resources. Low resources that are further strained by environmental factors, coupled with mass migrations can lead to internal political and social conflicts. Children are some of the first casualties of violence both directly through wounds and indirectly by starvation, dehydration, poor healthcare.

The table below demonstrates some environmental related exposures that have been associated with negative health outcomes in children. Children are highly affected by the physical environment in which they live and breathe.

 Table 1. Impact of climate change on children’s health. Xu, Zhiwei, et al.
Table 1. Impact of climate change on children’s health. Xu, Zhiwei, et al. "Climate change and children’s health—A call for research on what works to protect children." International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 9.9 (2012): 3298-3316.


And as we approach the end of the Millennium Development Goals and transition into the Sustainable Development Goals, we must make take into consideration the direct and indirect effect of climate on children. Newborns, infants and children will be at a greater risk to poor health as a result of climate change. December of 2015 will hopefully mark the date of a historic international collaboration for better health, more sustainability, and a healthier planet. The United Nations Climate Change Conference will be held in Paris, France and under the leadership of Ban Ki-moon will be primarily focused on achieving a binding, universal, agreement on climate. We must ensure that child health is not left out of the discussion and the binding document. The impacts of climate change and environmental hazards on child health are already apparent throughout scientific literature. It's important to act now, the future of child health and global public health in general will be significantly impacted in the years to come.


#Paris2015 #ActOnClimate #COPA12


McMichael, Tony, Hugh Montgomery, and Anthony Costello. "Health risks, present and future, from global climate change." BMJ 344 (2012): e1359.

Sheffield, Perry E., and Philip J. Landrigan. "Global Climate Change and Children as Health: Threats and Strategies for Prevention." Environmental health perspectives 119.3 (2010): 291-298.

Xu, Zhiwei, et al. "Climate change and children’s health—A call for research on what works to protect children." International journal of environmental research and public health 9.9 (2012): 3298-3316.