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The Westly Prize is Now Accepting Applications - Apply Now

Westly Prize believe that small bets and a growth mindset lead to breakthrough innovations.

Since 2012, they've awarded cash prizes to Westly Prize finalists once a year to early-stage, young social innovators in California with novel solutions to community challenges.

Westly Prizes totaling up to $145,000 will be awarded to winning social innovations.

Three top prizes of $40,000 in unrestricted funding will be given.

Innovations in any of the following categories are eligible for consideration:

  • Arts

  • Civic Engagement

  • Criminal/Social Justice

  • Education

  • Energy

  • Environment

  • Food Production/Distribution

  • Health

  • Safety

  • Technology/Tech for Good

  • Transportation

  • Youth Development

How To Apply

New applications will be accepted beginning September 1, 2021 with a deadline October 15th at midnight Pacific Standard Time. In order to apply, you must submit an application, including a YouTube video, describing your innovation. The video can be entirely informal and does not need to be professionally produced. (For example, the video can be created from your couch using a phone.)

We simply want to hear about your innovation and its impact in your own words.

Finalists will be invited to present on January 22, 2022 to a panel of judges who will ultimately select the winners. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the presentation may be done virtually via Zoom instead of in-person. They must also agree to publicity of their work in traditional and social media sources.



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