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Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes

Awards to USA and Canada Youth for Outstanding
Contributions to the Community and to the Environment

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Foundation / Corporation

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Thomas A Barron

Deadline Date:

04/15/19 5:00 PM


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Awards of $10,000 to USA and Canada youth, ages 8 to 18 years, for outstanding contributions to their communities, the environment, or society. Applications are welcome from inspiring North American youth of all backgrounds who demonstrate the potential for leadership and public service.

Selection criteria:

1. Winners must have organized and led an extraordinary service activity which has clearly benefited other people or the planet.
- The service activity must have been initiated and motivated primarily by the winner himself or herself.
- The service activity cannot have been done solely to complete an assignment for school or work.

2. Winners must have:
- Demonstrated positive spirit, courage, intelligence, generosity, and high moral purpose.
- Shown initiative, tenacity, and unselfishness in pursuit of their goals.
- Accomplished something with inspirational value—something that could inspire others to make a difference.
- Done more than survive a difficult personal challenge. Their heroism must have made an impact on the world beyond themselves.

3. Winners may or may not have received recognition for their heroic work. Fame itself shall not have been a motivating factor.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178282

Number of Grants:


Estimated Size of Grant:

- Winners each receive $10,000 to be applied to their higher education or to their service project.
- Each winner receives a beautiful personalized plaque and recognition certificate.
- Each winner receives a signed copy of The Hero’s Trail by Barron Prize founder T.A. Barron, along with a copy of Dream Big, a documentary film profiling several former Barron Prize winners. Winners also receive the Young Heroes Activity Guide and Bibliography.
- Winners are given the opportunity to connect with other Barron Prize honorees through the Young Heroes online forum.
- Winners are provided with numerous media opportunities – print, television, and radio – to publicize and extend the reach of their service work.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Barron Prize welcomes applications from public-spirited young people who are, on the April 15 deadline:
- Between the ages of 8 and 18 (not yet age 19)
- Permanent residents of and currently residing in the U.S.A. or Canada
- Currently working on an inspiring service project or have done so within the past 12 months
- Working as an individual to lead their service work.

The Barron Prize does not accept applications from large groups of young people.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant schedule:
- January 7, 2019 - The application cycle opens at 12:01 AM
- April 15, 2019 - Completed application due by 5:00 PM
- Earky-September 2019 - Applicants notified by email
- Mid-September 2019 - Winners announced

Please contact the funding source well in advance of the deadline for any technical assistance you anticipate needing.

Applications must include a letter from the Lead Reference. A Lead Reference is simply an adult advocate who has solid knowledge of the young person’s heroic activities. Examples of Lead References include teachers, librarians, school counselors, youth service officials, and religious leaders.

Members of the applicant’s family cannot act as a Lead Reference nor write the other two required letters of recommendation.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Media inquiries and other questions:
Barbara Ann Richman, Executive Director

Questions about the online application:

Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes
P.O. Box 1470
Boulder, CO 80306

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon