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National Girls Initiative (NGI) Innovation Awards

Selection Criteria

NGI, OJJDP staff, and experts from the field will review all submitted applications in the context of the requirements of this RFA and OJJDP priorities. Applications receiving the highest scores will be considered for Innovation Awards. Scores will be determined by how effectively the Application Requirements are addressed and will be scored as follows:

  • Statement of the Problem (20 Points)
  • Project Description (40 Points)
  • Capabilities and Competencies (15 Points)
  • Accountability (10 Points)
  • Budget (15 Points)

Sharing of Information

NGI is interested in compiling a publicly-available listing of coalitions and initiatives that are addressing the needs of girls and young women involved with the system. If the applicant is willing for NGI, in its discretion, to make the information in the project abstract publicly available, please indicate such consent in the cover letter you provide with your application. Please note, the applicant’s decision whether to grant NGI permission to publicly release this information will not affect NGI’s funding decisions. Also, if the application is not funded, granting permission will not guarantee that information will be shared, nor will it guarantee funding from any other source.

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