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What is a challenge prize?

Challenge prizes are a great way to encourage and test new ideas. By offering development funding and practical support to their winners, challenge prizes encourage people to think about what could help solve a problem and invest in making advances. They can find great ideas and start new partnerships.

Essex faces many challenges. Often, we know what the problem is but we don't know what all the answers are. We see the potential of Essex communities to help here. That's why we use challenge prizes to encourage people and organisations across Essex to get their thinking caps on. Together we can find innovative ideas to solve these problems.

We're planning future challenges after the Families Included Prize. Please sign up for email updates to stay informed.

Nine Challenge Prize finalists