Application Guideline

Application Guideline

The narrative template outlines specific information we are seeking for each entry.  While other information may be included, please answer the following questions.  Unless otherwise noted, the length of answers may vary, but the total submission should not exceed five pages.

Cover Page (mandatory):

  • Provide a cover page with the following information: name of organization, name of nominated initiative, contact name and title, and website address.

Project Overview:

  • Provide a brief abstract of the initiative including its purpose, description of what it does, and its impact. (Please limit to 250 words; for winning entries, this abstract may be used in press materials.)
  • Provide background on the context in which the initiative operates and why it was created. This should include information about the region the initiative serves (rural, mid-size metro, etc.), the region’s overall TBED activities, and other factors that provide a better understanding for the committee of the conditions under which the initiative operates. Describe how the initiative has been tailored to suit this context and how it has addressed market failures within the region.
  • The specific activities of the initiative must be clearly defined.

Best Practice Implications:

In this section of the narrative, applicants should address how lessons learned from this initiative can be applied to others.

  • What lessons have been learned in the implementation of this initiative?
  • How has this initiative helped to advance or been integrated with other
  • TBED or more traditional economic development efforts?


In this section of the narrative, each applicant should provide details about the impact of the initiative.

  • What metrics are used to measure the outcomes of or return on investment for the initiative?
  • What has been the impact to date, and how is that impact determined?
  • How are the results of the initiative communicated to key stakeholders, supporters and the public?

Innovation & Effectiveness:

In this section of the narrative, each applicant should address the following questions:

  • What innovative approaches were used in developing and implementing the initiative?
  • How does the initiative promote effective partnerships among relevant actors?
  • How will the initiative successfully complete its objectives?
  • What resources or key issues are needed for successful implementation?

Why You are the Best:

This is your final push! In no more than one paragraph, describe how your initiative is advancing the field of TBED and why your initiative should be selected.

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