Deadline: October 31, 2021


Deadline: October 31, 2021

Do you know anybody who is a change-maker operating on the progress of social innovation? A leader co-operating and co-creating solutions to acute social justice issues? A visionary addressing instant challenge while also addressing related planned issues? A mentor motivating the next generation of social innovators? Nominate them for the Grinnell Prize 2022.

The Grinnell College Innovator for Social Justice Prize (the Grinnell Prize) awards individuals who have shown leadership in their areas of work and who demonstrate creativity, submissiveness and extraordinary accomplishment in impacting positive social change.


Each trophy contains an award of $50,000, half of the winning individual(s) and half to their linked, purposed organization.


  • Nominees must be nominated by a third force.
  • Nominees should be a body for equity and social justice. The nominator should be able to demonstrate that the nominees, through their education, co-build work, and dedication, have played an influential role in:
  • Recognizing a concrete social or environmental justice need
  • Designing and executing a fair and creative solution linked to that need
  • Beginning to direct the main reason and transform the systems that bear them, and
  • Demonstrating a decent and sustainable community or environmental effect now and in the future.
  • Nominees must agree to their nomination. This agreement will be given in the form of a letter that nominators sync in PDF format. (If you are nominating two individuals for co-operative work, nominees should write this letter together.) The letter must include:
  • A statement showing their preparedness to be nominated for this trophy
  • A short (3-4 paragraphs) personal biography detailing:
  • The evolution of their interest and participation with the social justice need; their clarity of social justice and how that attaches to their work.
  • A 4-5 paragraph description of their social innovation that comprises of a summary of;
  • A description of their role in designing and executing an equitable and creative solution related to that need’
  • The context in which they are working and the concrete social or environmental justice need they are addressing
  • How they are addressing the need’s root causes and transforming the systems that undergird them and;
  • How their project demonstrates substantive and sustainable community or environmental impact both now and in the future.
  • Nominees should demonstrate practices that are consistent with Grinnell College’s education in the liberal arts through serving the common good and demonstrating expertise in the areas of critical thinking, innovative, equitable, and systematic problem solving, and demonstrated change making.
  • Nominees may be from anywhere in the world.
  • Nominees do not need to be affiliated with Grinnell College.
  • Nominees must have sufficient English fluency to engage with the Grinnell College Community.

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Nominations for the 2022 Grinnell Prize commenced on July 15, 2021 and will end on, October 31, at 11:59 p.m. Central Time.

Nominees who will be chosen as semifinalists will be talked to by student researchers and probably asked to give more details concerning their work. Nominees chosen as finalists will be reached by Grinnell Prize staff and asked for extra subsidiary information. This information must be presented in English and may include items such as:

  • Annual reports
  • Three letters of reference
  • Photo
  • Nominee resumes or CVs
  • Organizational and policy documents (IRS 990) forms or audited financial statements)
  • Any news articles and videos that tell the story of the work



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