The New Arizona Prize: Water Innovation Challenge will award $250,000 to a collaborative team in an Arizona community that develops the most innovative and inventive market-based, technological or entrepreneurial solution to advance the sustainability of its water future. In addition, the winning team may also receive up to $50,000 in technical assistance from the WaterNow Alliance to support and accelerate the development and implementation of their winning solution.

Solutions must be scalable to address an entire Arizona town/city, county, tribe, or region’s needs, and – if successful – solutions should be replicable in other Arizona communities. Community collaborations are required, and new, pilot, and shovel-ready projects are all acceptable. Teams may be comprised of community/citizen leaders, local government, or elected officials, colleges/universities, a business association (i.e., chambers of commerce) or a leading company based in the community, local water providers, local nonprofit leaders, and – if rural – agricultural or ranching cooperatives/associations, or a leading agricultural business or ranch.

We welcome a range of other public and private partnerships and encourage you to build a team that includes one principal organization (either for-profit or nonprofit) that is prepared to enter into a grant agreement with the Arizona Community Foundation for $250,000 in order to implement the proposed solution. Every team must include at least one government (state, county, or municipal) partner.

Please take time to read all of the following application requirements before completing each section.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY (150 words)

Provide a 150-word summary of the problem and the solution your team is offering. Focus on delivering a compelling overview that engages the judges. If your team is accepted as a Finalist, your Executive Summary, along with other portions of your submission, may be extracted from the application and used in public communications to describe your concept. Therefore, your Executive Summary should not require any other context to explain clearly what your team is offering. This is your opportunity to make a strong first impression.

A. YOUR TEAM

The following information is required in order to capture a basic understanding of the leadership, structure, vision, and capabilities of your team.

TEAM LEADERSHIP

Each team must identify a specific Point of Contact who will serve as the team leader. The Point of Contact takes responsibility for completing the application and assumes final accountability for the content of the team’s completed application. The Point of Contact may delegate responsibilities to others but will act as the primary lead, coordinating responses to any questions and having knowledge of all decisions made by the team.

YOUR POINT OF CONTACT

Please provide the name and title of your Point of Contact. If your team does not use formal titles, then the Point of Contact may simply indicate “team leader” and later describe how that role relates to other partners or team members. While one person may be a member of or adviser to multiple teams, each team’s Point of Contact must be unique and no one person can serve as the Point of Contact for more than one team. While the Point of Contact’s organization may be responsible for sharing resources with other partners, s/he must have a working knowledge of the roles of each partner and must be authorized to speak on behalf of those partners. Please only designate a Point of Contact from the organization that would potentially be responsible for entering into a grant agreement with the Arizona Community Foundation for the $250,000 prize purse.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Please provide phone number(s), email address(es), and a physical address for the designated Point of Contact. The information will not be used for any purpose other than direct communication about the competition from the Prize sponsor (the Arizona Community Foundation). Please only provide information that allows the Prize sponsor to contact the team leader directly.

TEAM COMPOSITION & STRUCTURE

Teams must collaborate to develop the most innovative and inventive market-based, technological, or entrepreneurial solution, to advance the sustainability of the defined community’s water future. Teams may be comprised of community/citizen leaders, local government or elected officials, colleges/universities, a business association (i.e., chambers of commerce) or a leading company based in the community, local water providers, local nonprofit leaders, and – if rural – agricultural or ranching cooperatives/associations, or a leading agricultural business or ranch. We welcome a range of other public and private partnerships and encourage you to build a team that includes one principal organization (either for-profit or nonprofit) that is prepared to enter into a grant agreement with the Arizona Community Foundation for $250,000 in order to implement the proposed solution. Every team must include at least one government (state, county or municipal) partner.

To further define these terms:

AUTHORITY TO ACT (250 words)

It is critical that your team be comprised of members who have the professional authority and organizational/community support to execute the proposed solution at the community level. Because government participation, agreement and/or formal approval may be necessary in order to implement the solution, each team is required to have at least one government partner to ensure that the proposed solution represents the broader community and has the necessary backing for successful implementation and/or expansion.

Please indicate in narrative form how your team has been organized to achieve these objectives, including each member’s name, professional title and affiliation, their role on the team, and their level of authority in the community and with respect to the proposed solution. Describe why each partner was chosen, the specific structure of any relevant partnerships where that structure has a material impact on the proposed solution, and any informal relationships that exist between partners. Describe how your team will be managed on a daily basis to plan, develop and gain the consensus needed in order to implement the proposed solution if chosen as the winner.

HOW WAS YOUR TEAM FORMED? (200 words)

Please tell how the team was formed, describing how the leaders came together and under what circumstances the most critical partners agreed jointly to develop the proposed solution. Emphasize where any longstanding relationships may imply stability and strength among the partners, and showcase as necessary where new relationships have emerged and under what conditions any new partners agreed to participate. We are seeking teams that offer innovative and inventive proposals to achieve scalable solutions, and we define innovative as either new and breakthrough concepts or tried and tested methods that, when applied in new and interesting ways, will yield greater results. Explain how your team is positioned to offer either of those approaches based on the relationships between the partners.

LETTERS OF SUPPORT (OPTIONAL)

The Water Innovation Challenge seeks engagement and support from a broad array of community stakeholders. Among the many local community leaders you assemble for your submission, it is important that your elected state representatives are aware of your plans and support the water innovation you are proposing. While this is not mandatory – and letters of support, or the lack thereof, will not in any way influence judging and scoring – teams are encouraged to solicit them so that your elected state representatives have the opportunity to be informed and engaged with your team’s vision for a sustainable water future. If you are able to secure letters of support, please upload them with your other submission materials. If you were unable to secure letters of support, please upload a letter explaining the reason you were given for why your state representative(s) chose not to provide a letter, or, indicate that you did not request them. To reiterate: letters of support from elected state representatives, or lack thereof, will not in any way influence judging and scoring.


B. YOUR SOLUTION

In this section, you will focus on the details of your proposed solution, emphasizing how your proposed solution aligns with the four traits that will be used to score your application (see Trait Scoring Rubric). You will be asked to define the underlying problem that your solution is designed to address in your community and how your solution offers enduring and meaningful progress toward your community’s sustainable water future. You will also be asked to underscore both the specific strengths of your solution and how it represents broader potential to achieve results beyond the initial proposed implementation.

PROBLEM STATEMENT

Each team must start with a clear understanding of a problem that currently inhibits a sustainable water future. To achieve a deeper understanding of your solution, aim to convince our judges that you can articulate the problem you propose to address. Show that you understand the underlying environmental and economic challenges before explaining how you intend to address them. Explain the circumstances that led to the problem and set the stage for how your proposed solution will offer meaningful change.

LOCAL CONDITIONS (200 words)

Please provide a broad description of the specific problem in your defined community that you will address through your team’s proposed solution. Show that you understand specific operational or tactical hurdles that you are ready to overcome in the defined community. This is your opportunity to reveal the depth of your appreciation of local issues and how you will work through local partnerships to implement the solution.

Offer an explanation of the current resources that are available to address the water challenge. Explain any previous attempts to address your community’s water challenge as described in your Problem Statement and why the challenge persists within the current environment.

ADAPTABILITY (200 words)

Now that you’ve established the specific local conditions in which you plan to implement your proposed solution and why, please provide a broad description of the statewide challenges that your solution might resolve. Explain clearly the degree to which your proposed solution could be adapted for implementation in other towns/cities, counties, tribes, or regions across Arizona, or throughout the entire state, if applicable. Offer an explanation of the current resources that are available across Arizona to make implementation and expansion a reality.

YOUR TECHNICAL APPROACH

Provide a description of your underlying strategy and the specific scope of any proposed project plan(s).

YOUR STRATEGY (200 words)

Briefly describe the operating principles you will employ to address the water challenge. Why have you chosen this particular solution, and what does your team feel represents the best argument for why this technical approach deserves funding over potential alternatives? Focus on the broader goals that you seek to achieve before describing any tactical or operational plans you will employ. Your explanation should provide a core philosophy behind the solution in order to illustrate the guiding principles or factors that may differentiate your technical approach from other competing teams or solution providers.

YOUR TACTICS & TECHNOLOGY (250 words)

Explain exactly how you will deliver and implement the proposed solution and the circumstances in which you will you achieve optimal results. Judges are looking for strong signs that you have the talent, resources, and expertise to execute your plan. You are welcome to cite any previous experience or noteworthy achievements that may demonstrate your team’s ability to successfully deliver promised results. Be as specific as possible.

PROJECT PLANNING

In this section, you are asked to list the activities or core tasks that you must complete to implement and manage your solution. Please focus on those core tasks that best represent the larger goals of your project plans rather than detailed lists of minor tasks. This exercise is important for the judges to understand how you will implement your approach and to assess the feasibility of your delivery/implementation model. Where possible, describe tasks that complement the tactics and technology that you have previously described in the application.

· The following tool will help you document your plans. It requires you to indicate core tasks by number and name. You will be assessed based on the level of detail you are able to provide. Be sure to identify any subtasks that will support primary core tasks. Again, do not focus on details that do not represent the achievement of larger goals.

· Please list each core task chronologically by entering start dates and end dates accordingly.

· For tasks that start at the same time, please begin with the most essential core tasks and continue the list in order of importance.


DEFINING YOUR OBJECTIVES
(250 words)

Describe the specific outputs and intended outcomes of your proposed solution, utilizing common water terms (e.g., savings, banking, managing, planning, and/or controlling usage, flow, storage, etc.). You are asked to describe two measures of your performance goals, so that the judges can better understand what you intend to measure:

· Outputs are the most direct measures of a process or activity (e.g., numbers served, units produced, volumes of service or product, etc.). Name your most important outputs and in the strategic sequence in which they will be derived. Explain why those outputs are indicators of your success.

· Outcomes are the direct results of a sustained project, including long-term effects and results and/or any related products or services, within the control of the sustained project, service, or intervention. Outcomes may be expected or unwanted. Therefore, describe any intended benefits of your outcomes and include any expected outcomes which might dilute or detract from those intended benefits.

Explain these two measures of your performance goals in a clear narrative description.

PERFORMANCE METRICS AND TRACKING (250 words)

Describe how you will calculate performance metrics and the methodology through which you will track your progress against those metrics. While each solution will vary according to specific goals and individual definitions of success, our judges will assess your description of your metrics and your plan to track progress and report on performance. To the greatest extent possible, use precision in predicting results and be realistic about your methods and resources for tracking success in achieving those results.

OTHER SUPPORT (150 words)

Teams are encouraged to seek support and expertise within or outside of their community. Describe the use of any volunteers, advisers, research or other in-kind resources by defining those contributions against relevant tasks identified in the project plan. Your description of any necessary project support is intended to show where difficult tasks will be supported through means other than funding. In your response, you may refer to partnership(s) that have been previously identified.

PROJECT RISK MANAGEMENT (250 words)

Please describe any threats to the proposed solution and your plan to address them. While every project plan is different, we expect you to raise all assumptions of risk and address how you intend to manage it.

VIDEO PITCH

You are required to submit a video presentation which captures your “pitch” for why your solution should be funded. You will upload a short digital film to serve as a “commercial” for your solution. Your video may be extracted from your submission and may made available to the public through this website or other media if you are chosen as a Finalist. Please appeal to a broad audience. Video submissions should follow these guidelines:

Video submissions that do not follow these guidelines may be removed from the application.

Logistical and technical suggestions:

General suggestions for delivering a high-quality video pitch:

Hone your content:



C. RESOURCE REQUIREMENTS

While the information that you provided in the previous sections is intended to reveal team composition, strategic and practical implementation plans for your solution, we also require other information necessary for our judges to assess the financial health and sustainability of your project.

FINANCIALS

Provide a detailed budget and narrative explaining how the $250,000 prize purse will be allocated toward the development and implementation of your proposed solution. If your total costs and capital needs exceed $250,000, please detail these resource requirements and project your total costs and capital needs. Please note that we anticipate some teams may have already secured other funding to support a project, and we are accommodating those situations by offering a tool for documenting any other capital contributions from other parties.

PROJECT COST

What is the total cost to implement your team’s solution within the timeframe revealed in your project plan? This includes capital (e.g. equipment, facilities) and operational (e.g. personnel, overhead, marketing) expenditures. Please list each cost category in the following table and provide notes for those cost categories that require further explanation at the end of the table. Please clarify whether each cost category is a capital expenditure or an operational expenditure. Also, please note that your total projected costs should equal $250,000, unless you have already secured additional capital that is exclusively dedicated to funding the solution. If you arrange additional funding to justify total costs greater than $250,000, those additional funding commitments must be represented in the TOTAL CAPITAL NEEDS section of your application (see below). 



TOTAL CAPITAL NEEDS

Please indicate the amount of funding secured to date, if any. Enter the source of any secured funding as line item description(s) in the following table. Also, please indicate any remaining capital required to implement the proposal. Identify this amount by entering “OUTSTANDING CAPITAL” in the last line item description. The amount of “OUTSTANDING CAPITAL” should not be greater than $250,000, which is the total maximum amount of the prize purse available through this competition. If “OUTSTANDING CAPITAL” exceeds $250,000, you must provide a clear explanation for how you plan to secure the balance of any necessary funds in the OTHER CONSIDERATIONS section of your application (see below). Please note that for some teams this chart may only include one line item (OUTSTANDING CAPITAL of $250,000) if no additional funds have been raised or will be needed.



ADAPTATION AND PROJECTIONS
(250 words)

Explain how your team’s solution could be replicated or adapted in other communities or across all of Arizona and the resources and conditions required to do so. Describe the steps a community would need to take and the primary principles leaders would need to adhere to in order to implement this same solution in their local community. Project, to the best of your ability, how your proposed solution could grow and/or increase in effectiveness over time across other communities and at what costs. You may refer to previous content that you have provided under “Adaptability” to make your most succinct but evidence-based response. However, please go further in this section by rooting your projections in the costs necessary to adapt your solution from one community to another.


OTHER CONSIDERATIONS
(150 words)

The implementation of your solution may require other resources or partnerships, and you are welcome to explain them here. You may offer any contingency planning based on specific issues raised in the risk section of your proposal. This is also your opportunity to describe more completely any outstanding issues that you could not address in other sections, such as any plans for raising additional necessary capital.

Application

To apply, first, Register. Then, create your submission using the application guidelines below. There are three sections in the application: Your Team, Your Solution, and Resource Requirements. Please be sure to carefully review the entire application before beginning your submission.

Application Guidelines

The New Arizona Prize: Water Innovation Challenge will award $250,000 to a collaborative team in an Arizona community that develops the most innovative and inventive market-based, technological or entrepreneurial solution to advance the sustainability of its water future. In addition, the winning team may also receive up to $50,000 in technical assistance from the WaterNow Alliance to support and accelerate the development and implementation of their winning solution.

Solutions must be scalable to address an entire Arizona town/city, county, tribe, or region’s needs, and – if successful – solutions should be replicable in other Arizona communities. Community collaborations are required, and new, pilot, and shovel-ready projects are all acceptable. Teams may be comprised of community/citizen leaders, local government, or elected officials, colleges/universities, a business association (i.e., chambers of commerce) or a leading company based in the community, local water providers, local nonprofit leaders, and – if rural – agricultural or ranching cooperatives/associations, or a leading agricultural business or ranch.

We welcome a range of other public and private partnerships and encourage you to build a team that includes one principal organization (either for-profit or nonprofit) that is prepared to enter into a grant agreement with the Arizona Community Foundation for $250,000 in order to implement the proposed solution. Every team must include at least one government (state, county, or municipal) partner.

Please take time to read all of the following application requirements before completing each section.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY (150 words)

Provide a 150-word summary of the problem and the solution your team is offering. Focus on delivering a compelling overview that engages the judges. If your team is accepted as a Finalist, your Executive Summary, along with other portions of your submission, may be extracted from the application and used in public communications to describe your concept. Therefore, your Executive Summary should not require any other context to explain clearly what your team is offering. This is your opportunity to make a strong first impression.

A. YOUR TEAM

The following information is required in order to capture a basic understanding of the leadership, structure, vision, and capabilities of your team.

TEAM LEADERSHIP

Each team must identify a specific Point of Contact who will serve as the team leader. The Point of Contact takes responsibility for completing the application and assumes final accountability for the content of the team’s completed application. The Point of Contact may delegate responsibilities to others but will act as the primary lead, coordinating responses to any questions and having knowledge of all decisions made by the team.

YOUR POINT OF CONTACT

Please provide the name and title of your Point of Contact. If your team does not use formal titles, then the Point of Contact may simply indicate “team leader” and later describe how that role relates to other partners or team members. While one person may be a member of or adviser to multiple teams, each team’s Point of Contact must be unique and no one person can serve as the Point of Contact for more than one team. While the Point of Contact’s organization may be responsible for sharing resources with other partners, s/he must have a working knowledge of the roles of each partner and must be authorized to speak on behalf of those partners. Please only designate a Point of Contact from the organization that would potentially be responsible for entering into a grant agreement with the Arizona Community Foundation for the $250,000 prize purse.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Please provide phone number(s), email address(es), and a physical address for the designated Point of Contact. The information will not be used for any purpose other than direct communication about the competition from the Prize sponsor (the Arizona Community Foundation). Please only provide information that allows the Prize sponsor to contact the team leader directly.

TEAM COMPOSITION & STRUCTURE

Teams must collaborate to develop the most innovative and inventive market-based, technological, or entrepreneurial solution, to advance the sustainability of the defined community’s water future. Teams may be comprised of community/citizen leaders, local government or elected officials, colleges/universities, a business association (i.e., chambers of commerce) or a leading company based in the community, local water providers, local nonprofit leaders, and – if rural – agricultural or ranching cooperatives/associations, or a leading agricultural business or ranch. We welcome a range of other public and private partnerships and encourage you to build a team that includes one principal organization (either for-profit or nonprofit) that is prepared to enter into a grant agreement with the Arizona Community Foundation for $250,000 in order to implement the proposed solution. Every team must include at least one government (state, county or municipal) partner.

To further define these terms:

AUTHORITY TO ACT (250 words)

It is critical that your team be comprised of members who have the professional authority and organizational/community support to execute the proposed solution at the community level. Because government participation, agreement and/or formal approval may be necessary in order to implement the solution, each team is required to have at least one government partner to ensure that the proposed solution represents the broader community and has the necessary backing for successful implementation and/or expansion.

Please indicate in narrative form how your team has been organized to achieve these objectives, including each member’s name, professional title and affiliation, their role on the team, and their level of authority in the community and with respect to the proposed solution. Describe why each partner was chosen, the specific structure of any relevant partnerships where that structure has a material impact on the proposed solution, and any informal relationships that exist between partners. Describe how your team will be managed on a daily basis to plan, develop and gain the consensus needed in order to implement the proposed solution if chosen as the winner.

HOW WAS YOUR TEAM FORMED? (200 words)

Please tell how the team was formed, describing how the leaders came together and under what circumstances the most critical partners agreed jointly to develop the proposed solution. Emphasize where any longstanding relationships may imply stability and strength among the partners, and showcase as necessary where new relationships have emerged and under what conditions any new partners agreed to participate. We are seeking teams that offer innovative and inventive proposals to achieve scalable solutions, and we define innovative as either new and breakthrough concepts or tried and tested methods that, when applied in new and interesting ways, will yield greater results. Explain how your team is positioned to offer either of those approaches based on the relationships between the partners.

LETTERS OF SUPPORT (OPTIONAL)

The Water Innovation Challenge seeks engagement and support from a broad array of community stakeholders. Among the many local community leaders you assemble for your submission, it is important that your elected state representatives are aware of your plans and support the water innovation you are proposing. While this is not mandatory – and letters of support, or the lack thereof, will not in any way influence judging and scoring – teams are encouraged to solicit them so that your elected state representatives have the opportunity to be informed and engaged with your team’s vision for a sustainable water future. If you are able to secure letters of support, please upload them with your other submission materials. If you were unable to secure letters of support, please upload a letter explaining the reason you were given for why your state representative(s) chose not to provide a letter, or, indicate that you did not request them. To reiterate: letters of support from elected state representatives, or lack thereof, will not in any way influence judging and scoring.


B. YOUR SOLUTION

In this section, you will focus on the details of your proposed solution, emphasizing how your proposed solution aligns with the four traits that will be used to score your application (see Trait Scoring Rubric). You will be asked to define the underlying problem that your solution is designed to address in your community and how your solution offers enduring and meaningful progress toward your community’s sustainable water future. You will also be asked to underscore both the specific strengths of your solution and how it represents broader potential to achieve results beyond the initial proposed implementation.

PROBLEM STATEMENT

Each team must start with a clear understanding of a problem that currently inhibits a sustainable water future. To achieve a deeper understanding of your solution, aim to convince our judges that you can articulate the problem you propose to address. Show that you understand the underlying environmental and economic challenges before explaining how you intend to address them. Explain the circumstances that led to the problem and set the stage for how your proposed solution will offer meaningful change.

LOCAL CONDITIONS (200 words)

Please provide a broad description of the specific problem in your defined community that you will address through your team’s proposed solution. Show that you understand specific operational or tactical hurdles that you are ready to overcome in the defined community. This is your opportunity to reveal the depth of your appreciation of local issues and how you will work through local partnerships to implement the solution.

Offer an explanation of the current resources that are available to address the water challenge. Explain any previous attempts to address your community’s water challenge as described in your Problem Statement and why the challenge persists within the current environment.

ADAPTABILITY (200 words)

Now that you’ve established the specific local conditions in which you plan to implement your proposed solution and why, please provide a broad description of the statewide challenges that your solution might resolve. Explain clearly the degree to which your proposed solution could be adapted for implementation in other towns/cities, counties, tribes, or regions across Arizona, or throughout the entire state, if applicable. Offer an explanation of the current resources that are available across Arizona to make implementation and expansion a reality.

YOUR TECHNICAL APPROACH

Provide a description of your underlying strategy and the specific scope of any proposed project plan(s).

YOUR STRATEGY (200 words)

Briefly describe the operating principles you will employ to address the water challenge. Why have you chosen this particular solution, and what does your team feel represents the best argument for why this technical approach deserves funding over potential alternatives? Focus on the broader goals that you seek to achieve before describing any tactical or operational plans you will employ. Your explanation should provide a core philosophy behind the solution in order to illustrate the guiding principles or factors that may differentiate your technical approach from other competing teams or solution providers.

YOUR TACTICS & TECHNOLOGY (250 words)

Explain exactly how you will deliver and implement the proposed solution and the circumstances in which you will you achieve optimal results. Judges are looking for strong signs that you have the talent, resources, and expertise to execute your plan. You are welcome to cite any previous experience or noteworthy achievements that may demonstrate your team’s ability to successfully deliver promised results. Be as specific as possible.

PROJECT PLANNING

In this section, you are asked to list the activities or core tasks that you must complete to implement and manage your solution. Please focus on those core tasks that best represent the larger goals of your project plans rather than detailed lists of minor tasks. This exercise is important for the judges to understand how you will implement your approach and to assess the feasibility of your delivery/implementation model. Where possible, describe tasks that complement the tactics and technology that you have previously described in the application.

· The following tool will help you document your plans. It requires you to indicate core tasks by number and name. You will be assessed based on the level of detail you are able to provide. Be sure to identify any subtasks that will support primary core tasks. Again, do not focus on details that do not represent the achievement of larger goals.

· Please list each core task chronologically by entering start dates and end dates accordingly.

· For tasks that start at the same time, please begin with the most essential core tasks and continue the list in order of importance.


DEFINING YOUR OBJECTIVES
(250 words)

Describe the specific outputs and intended outcomes of your proposed solution, utilizing common water terms (e.g., savings, banking, managing, planning, and/or controlling usage, flow, storage, etc.). You are asked to describe two measures of your performance goals, so that the judges can better understand what you intend to measure:

· Outputs are the most direct measures of a process or activity (e.g., numbers served, units produced, volumes of service or product, etc.). Name your most important outputs and in the strategic sequence in which they will be derived. Explain why those outputs are indicators of your success.

· Outcomes are the direct results of a sustained project, including long-term effects and results and/or any related products or services, within the control of the sustained project, service, or intervention. Outcomes may be expected or unwanted. Therefore, describe any intended benefits of your outcomes and include any expected outcomes which might dilute or detract from those intended benefits.

Explain these two measures of your performance goals in a clear narrative description.

PERFORMANCE METRICS AND TRACKING (250 words)

Describe how you will calculate performance metrics and the methodology through which you will track your progress against those metrics. While each solution will vary according to specific goals and individual definitions of success, our judges will assess your description of your metrics and your plan to track progress and report on performance. To the greatest extent possible, use precision in predicting results and be realistic about your methods and resources for tracking success in achieving those results.

OTHER SUPPORT (150 words)

Teams are encouraged to seek support and expertise within or outside of their community. Describe the use of any volunteers, advisers, research or other in-kind resources by defining those contributions against relevant tasks identified in the project plan. Your description of any necessary project support is intended to show where difficult tasks will be supported through means other than funding. In your response, you may refer to partnership(s) that have been previously identified.

PROJECT RISK MANAGEMENT (250 words)

Please describe any threats to the proposed solution and your plan to address them. While every project plan is different, we expect you to raise all assumptions of risk and address how you intend to manage it.

VIDEO PITCH

You are required to submit a video presentation which captures your “pitch” for why your solution should be funded. You will upload a short digital film to serve as a “commercial” for your solution. Your video may be extracted from your submission and may made available to the public through this website or other media if you are chosen as a Finalist. Please appeal to a broad audience. Video submissions should follow these guidelines:

Video submissions that do not follow these guidelines may be removed from the application.

Logistical and technical suggestions:

General suggestions for delivering a high-quality video pitch:

Hone your content:



C. RESOURCE REQUIREMENTS

While the information that you provided in the previous sections is intended to reveal team composition, strategic and practical implementation plans for your solution, we also require other information necessary for our judges to assess the financial health and sustainability of your project.

FINANCIALS

Provide a detailed budget and narrative explaining how the $250,000 prize purse will be allocated toward the development and implementation of your proposed solution. If your total costs and capital needs exceed $250,000, please detail these resource requirements and project your total costs and capital needs. Please note that we anticipate some teams may have already secured other funding to support a project, and we are accommodating those situations by offering a tool for documenting any other capital contributions from other parties.

PROJECT COST

What is the total cost to implement your team’s solution within the timeframe revealed in your project plan? This includes capital (e.g. equipment, facilities) and operational (e.g. personnel, overhead, marketing) expenditures. Please list each cost category in the following table and provide notes for those cost categories that require further explanation at the end of the table. Please clarify whether each cost category is a capital expenditure or an operational expenditure. Also, please note that your total projected costs should equal $250,000, unless you have already secured additional capital that is exclusively dedicated to funding the solution. If you arrange additional funding to justify total costs greater than $250,000, those additional funding commitments must be represented in the TOTAL CAPITAL NEEDS section of your application (see below). 



TOTAL CAPITAL NEEDS

Please indicate the amount of funding secured to date, if any. Enter the source of any secured funding as line item description(s) in the following table. Also, please indicate any remaining capital required to implement the proposal. Identify this amount by entering “OUTSTANDING CAPITAL” in the last line item description. The amount of “OUTSTANDING CAPITAL” should not be greater than $250,000, which is the total maximum amount of the prize purse available through this competition. If “OUTSTANDING CAPITAL” exceeds $250,000, you must provide a clear explanation for how you plan to secure the balance of any necessary funds in the OTHER CONSIDERATIONS section of your application (see below). Please note that for some teams this chart may only include one line item (OUTSTANDING CAPITAL of $250,000) if no additional funds have been raised or will be needed.



ADAPTATION AND PROJECTIONS
(250 words)

Explain how your team’s solution could be replicated or adapted in other communities or across all of Arizona and the resources and conditions required to do so. Describe the steps a community would need to take and the primary principles leaders would need to adhere to in order to implement this same solution in their local community. Project, to the best of your ability, how your proposed solution could grow and/or increase in effectiveness over time across other communities and at what costs. You may refer to previous content that you have provided under “Adaptability” to make your most succinct but evidence-based response. However, please go further in this section by rooting your projections in the costs necessary to adapt your solution from one community to another.


OTHER CONSIDERATIONS
(150 words)

The implementation of your solution may require other resources or partnerships, and you are welcome to explain them here. You may offer any contingency planning based on specific issues raised in the risk section of your proposal. This is also your opportunity to describe more completely any outstanding issues that you could not address in other sections, such as any plans for raising additional necessary capital.