NGO awards

Awards for NGOs....
... from Arts to Human Rights to ....
[The deadlines are roughly the same every year]

ArtVenture Freedom to Create Prize

ArtVenture Freedom to Create Prize

Finding light in darkness and courage in truth.

ArtVenture, in association with ARTICLE 19, is proud to launch the inaugural Freedom to Create Prize. This international prize will recognise artists who use their talents to promote human rights, including the freedom of expression, empathy, equality and understanding

In all societies, the development of the arts has been a sign of culture and light. Yet not all governments provide citizens with the ‘freedom to create’ needed to foster innovation, commerce and prosperity. Some governments harass and impoverish their citizens, steal resources, stifle entrepreneurship and undermine human ingenuity and hope. In these societies, art can play an important role in giving a voice to those who are denied opportunity and resources.

ArtVenture Freedom to Create Prize will consist of three categories. The main prize will be open to individuals or artistic groups in all creative fields including the visual and performance arts, music, crafts, design and literature. The winner of this award will receive US$ 50,000.

ArtVenture Freedom to Create Youth Prize will be open to artists who are under the age of 18 with the winner receiving US$ 25,000 scholarship and advocacy prize. The final category, the ArtVenture Freedom to Create Imprisoned Artist Prize, will focus on artists who are currently imprisoned for their artwork. The winner will receive US$ 25,000 towards supporting their family, paying legal costs and supporting advocacy efforts.

This is not an art prize. It will not simply judge the skill of the artist but recognise how the artist has used their work in speaking out in defence of human rights and freedom of expression. The inaugural prize will be a unique and significant award and will be judged by a panel of eminent artists, and human rights experts and philanthropists.
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Elinor Ostrom International Fellowship on Practice and Policy on Commons

Prof. Elinor Ostrom International Fellowship on Practice and Policy on Commons

The Foundation for Ecological Security in association with the International Association for the Study on the Commons (IASC) invites applications for international fellowships on Practice and Policy on Commons. The fellowship is being announced as a tribute to Prof. Dr. Elinor Ostrom, who passed away earlier this year, after decades of invaluable contribution to the analysis of economic governance, especially the commons. Elinor Ostrom’s work has been a major inspiration for all researchers engaged with work on institutions for collective action around a wide range of subjects related to resource management and self-organized governance systems. She strongly believed in creating links between local practice, academic research and policymaking, which she considered critical to shape a better world.

The fellowships are aimed at promoting sound policies for the governance and management of Commons. Exemplary work that intertwines or explores the linkages between research, practice and policy at local, national or regional levels would be of special interest. Collaborative efforts between practitioners, researchers (and policy makers) aimed at informing Policy would also be of interest.

The fellowship may address broad themes such as:
• Governing Commons with a tilt towards the poor
• Emerging Institutional Forms to promote Holocratic planning and Polycentric governance
• Commons as platforms to promote interdisciplinarity – between social and ecological systems; between land, water and forests; biophysical resources and knowledge systems
• Reform in legal spaces and administrative apparatus to promote Commons as a Governance paradigm
• Valuing Commons – advances in identifying, quantifying and highlighting ‘value’ as against ‘exchange price’.
We plan to offer ten to fifteen fellowships for participants from across the world. Each feelowship should result in an academic paper or presentation or video that can be presented at the 14th Global Commons Conference in Japan from June 3-7, 2013 ( Preference would be given to those proposals whose abstracts are accepted for the 14th Global Commons Conference. The selected fellows would be either part of regular panel, policy fora, side event, roundtable discussion or more than one of them.

Applications to the fellowship must be received before October 31, 2012. The results will be announced by end of November 2012. Fellows are expected to complete their work and submit all content by March 31, 2013.

The fellowship is open to practitioners, researchers, policy makers from across the globe.

Funding support
The fellowship amount would meet the registration fees and their travel and accommodation expenses for attending the conference.

Application procedure
All applications must be accompanied by
• A brief proposal clearly stating the aspect of the proposed research, the applicant’s perspective on this subject, and expected output.
o An abstract of the paper (300 words),
o A detailed CV and
o Three references.
• The applicants are also encouraged to submit their abstracts directly to the conference organizers.
• The proposals would be evaluated by a selection committee comprising of eminent researchers, practitioners and Public Policy Experts
• All content will be uploaded on the FES website and the Digital Library of Commons of the International Association for Study on Commons. All content submitted under these fellowships will be under the Creative Commons Licence and may be submitted for publication/dissemination.

About Foundation for Ecological Security (FES) (
These fellowships are part of a series of initiatives designed to build awareness and influence public policy on the governance and management of common pool resources.
Foundation for Ecological Security (FES) has been assisting the management and governance of Common Pool Land and Water Resources since 1986, by working with village institutions that manage and govern commons in diverse ecosystems across seven states in India. FES organised the 13th Biennial International Conference in India in 2011 on the theme of Sustaining Commons, Sustaining Our Future, in collaboration with the International Association for the Study of Commons (IASC).

About International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) (
The International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC), founded in 1989 is a nonprofit Association devoted to understanding and improving institutions for the management of resources that are (or could be) held or used collectively by communities in developing or developed countries. IASC's goals are to encourage exchange of knowledge among diverse disciplines, areas, and resource types; to foster mutual exchange of scholarship and practical experience, and; to promote appropriate institutional design

Equator Prize 2008

Equator Prize 2008
Application Deadline: 31 May 2008

The Equator Initiative is a partnership that brings together the United Nations, civil society, business, governments and communities to help build the capacity and raise the profile of grassroots efforts to reduce poverty through the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.

Prize winners receive worldwide recognition for their work as well as an opportunity to help shape national and global policy and practice in the field. Twenty-five community organisations will be honored with the Equator Prize 2008 and US$5,000 each.

Special recognition will be given to regions in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and Latin America and the Caribbean. The Equator Prize will be presented in October 2008, in Barcelona, Spain, at the IUCN World Conservation Congress.

For more information,

India NGO Awards (28 Feb)

India NGO Awards

The India NGO Awards is a unique, national competition that aims to celebrate and reward the best non-governmental and non-profit organisations by showcasing examples of best practice and successful resource mobilisation. The awards focus on professional management, innovation in local resource mobilisation, and the effectiveness of the organisation’s activities in improving the lives of the people they serve. Initially launched in partnership with the Nand & Jeet Khemka Foundation, the 2009-2011 India NGO Awards programme is a joint venture between the Resource Alliance and the Rockefeller Foundation

The awards were instituted in 2006 to recognise and congratulate those organisations that have demonstrated best practices in creative resourcing, financial management, governance and impact in the community.

Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) from across India are encouraged to send in their entries under one of the three categories, based on their annual budget (income) for 2010-11.

Small - annual budget less than Rs 1 crore
Medium - annual budget between Rs 1 - 5 crores
Large - annual budget over Rs 5 crores.


Organisations will be evaluated on the effective and sustainable mobilisation of resources, the demonstration of efficient management of resources, good governance practices, transparency and accountability, and the impact of their work in bringing about tangible benefits to its target communities.

The three national winners in each category will receive a trophy and cash prize of Rs 4,00,000/- to be used 'to strengthen their internal systems and processes
All Regional Finalists will be profiled in a casebook, which will be widely disseminated
All Regional Finalists will be mentored by TIE members (corporate entrepreneurs who lend their expertise to helping NGOs)
All applicants will be invited to participate in customised workshops on resource mobilisation and related areas.

[for 2011 the deadline is 29 Feb]

John Humphrey Freedom Award (April 15)

John Humphrey Freedom Award
The John Humphrey Award is presented to an organization or individual from any region of the world including Canada for outstanding achievement in the promotion of democratic development or respect for human rights. The Award consists of a $30,000 grant and a speaking tour of Canadian cities to increase public awareness of the laureate's work. The award is named in honour of the late John Peters Humphrey, the Canadian law professor who prepared the first draft of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


  • The nominee (individual or organization) must be committed to peace and non-violence.
  • Preference is given to those working in the field for the benefit of developing countries, under conditions hostile to the recognition and application of democratic values and basic human rights.
  • Preference will be given to those working in Rights & Democracy's priority areas based on its two-fold mission: the promotion of democratic development and respect for human rights as outlined in the International Bill of Human Rights.
  • The Award is not given posthumously nor to an organization that is no longer active.
  • Staff or board members (past or current) of Rights & Democracy are not eligible.
  • Self-nominations will not be accepted.

An International Jury
The winner will be selected by an international jury composed of five members of Rights & Democracy's Board of Directors.

Meeto Memorial Award (30 June)

The Award comprises of Indian Rupees one lakh, a citation and a memento. If more than one person is selected, the money will be shared. The recipients will be invited to present their work at the award ceremony. The Award will be announced in October every year. The recipients of the Award will be chosen by a selection committee whose decision will be final.

To be eligible, nominees must be:
* Under the age of 40
* Citizens of a South Asian country (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka)
* Working on issues of communal harmony, peace, justice and/or human rights, broadly conceived; the nominee may be working anywhere in the world, but the focus of the work should be on South Asia as defined above
* Working in any capacity in the field of activism, advocacy, academia, and journalism, and in any medium such as writing, art, dance, music, film, and theatre.

Individuals can nominate themselves or other eligible people.

Nominations must be sent in writing, and accompanied by a detailed CV of the nominated person, a note on reasons for nomination and a duly filled form [see attached document below]

Nominations must be received before 30 June 2012 and should be sent to:
Email :

or be posted at
Meeto Memorial Award Secretariat
23, Caning Lane, New Delhi 110001 (India)

The nominations will be judged by the Advisory Committee of the Meeto Memorial Award which comprises the following individuals:
Asma Jahangir, Pakistan Hameeda Hossain, Bangladesh Sithie Tiruchelvam, Sri Lanka Syeda Hameed, India Sadanand Menon, India Anusha Lall, India Rahul Rao, India/UK Kamla Bhasin, India

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award
Nomination Deadline: 1 April 2008

The purpose of the annual Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award is to honour those who, at great risk, stand up to oppression in their efforts to support human rights. The Award is intended to honour only individuals who are engaged in non-violent activity.

The Robert F. Kennedy Memorial has recognised the courage and sacrifice of 37 community activists, political prisoners, environmentalists, union organisers and human rights defenders in 21 countries. The Award, which includes a significant cash prize, seeks to draw international attention to the work of brave individuals who make great personal sacrifices, often risking their own lives, to promote respect for the human rights of all people.

The Kennedy Human Rights Award seeks to identify and honour those people who embody Robert Kennedy's belief in the power of individual effort to overcome injustice.

For more information, click here.

SAARC AWARD peace, understanding, friendship and development (15may)


The SAARC Secretariat invites nominations in English from individuals and organizations from the Member States for the SAARC Award 2007.

The aim of the Award is to honour individual citizens and organizations of South Asia for their exemplary work to promote peace, understanding, friendship and development in the region. The award is conferred at the SAARC Summits.

The prescribed Nomination Form for SAARC AWARD 2007 will be available from the SAARC Division of the Ministries of Foreign/External Affairs of Member States. It may also be downloaded from the SAARC Secretariat’s website under the link SAARC AWARD 2007.
I. Objectives

1. to encourage individuals and organizations based in South Asia to undertake programmes and activities complementing and supplementing the efforts of SAARC;

2. to honour outstanding contributions and achievements of individuals and organizations of the region in the fields of peace, development, social service, poverty alleviation, environment protection, cultural progress and in other agreed areas of regional cooperation; and

3. to recognize any other outstanding achievements, not covered above, of individuals and organizations in the region whose work or contribution has benefited or inspired the region.
II. The Award

The Award consists of a citation, a gold medal and cash prize of US$ 25,000 (United States Dollars Twenty Five Thousand).
III. Terms and Conditions

1. Nominations must be made on the prescribed Nomination Form available on the SAARC Website with the link SAARC Award 2007 and be supported by the required documents.

2. Nominations must be made in accordance with terms and conditions as contained in the website. Forwarding letters will not be necessary.

3. The last date for receipt of nomination at the SAARC Secretariat, Kathmandu, Nepal is 15 May 2008.

4. The nominations may be sent to the following address:

SAARC Secretariat
P.O.Box 4222
Tridevi Sadak, Thamel
Kathmandu, NEPAL

5. Supporting documents not in English must have an authenticated translation in English

6. The summaries of the nominated individuals and organizations’ accomplishments/ contribution for which the Award is recommended should be precise and factual not more than two pages.

7. Those eligible to make recommendation for nomination shall include individuals, and organizations working in the region.

8. Nominations / recommendations by/ of serving Heads of State/ Government may not be made so as to maintain the integrity of the selection process.

9. Nominations by e-mail, fax or any other electronic form will not be acceptable.

10. Self nominations will not be eligible.

11. Nominations from individuals or organizations where a nominee is a member, employee, employer, a close relative, patron or a founder may not be considered. These would be considered as self-nominations.

12. Posthumous nominations may not be considered.

13. Entries received after the deadline will not be considered.

14. Nominations found to contain false information will not be eligible for the Award.

15. Nominations received within the deadline will be scrutinized by a Selection Committee composed of Members nominated by the Member States of SAARC and their recommendation will then be submitted to the SAARC Council of Ministers for its endorsement.

16. The decision of the Council of Ministers on any aspect of the SAARC Award 2007 will be final and binding.
IV. References

Each recommendation for nomination must have three prominent personalities as referees who are familiar with the nominee’s achievements and contributions. The referees should provide their individual assessments and their contact addresses as they may be contacted by the SAARC Secretary General, if deemed necessary.


United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights

2008 United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights
Application Deadline: 15 July 2008

The United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights was instituted by the General Assembly in 1966 (Res. 2217/XXI of 19 December 1966), and was awarded for the first time on 10 December 1968 on the occasion of the commemoration of the twentieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Thereafter, the prize has been awarded in 1973, 1978, 1988, 1993, 1998 and then in 2003. The prize is honorary in nature and is awarded approximately every five years to individuals and organisations in recognition of outstanding achievement in the field of human rights.

The Prize is an opportunity not only to give public recognition to the achievements of the awardees themselves, but also to send a clear message to human rights defenders the world over that the international community is grateful for, and supports, their tireless efforts to promote human rights for all.

For more information, click here.

Women PeaceMakers and PeaceWriters Program (23May)

2008 Women PeaceMakers Program

Application Deadline: May 23, 2008

The Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice (IPJ) in San Diego, California, is currently accepting applications for its Women PeaceMakers Program (WPM). The WPM program is designed for leaders from conflict-affected countries around the world who are transforming conflict and assuring gender-inclusion in post conflict recovery through in human rights advocacy and peace building efforts they lead. These are women whose stories and best practices will be shared internationally; they are women who will have a respite from the frontlines work they do.

Four Women PeaceMakers are selected each year to spend two months in residence at the Institute. They will receive a small stipend while having their unique peacemaking stories documented, through both film and narratives that will be available to inspire others around the world. Women PeaceMakers in residence will have the opportunity to engage with the community through a series of public panels and to meet with other activists and leaders involved in human rights, political action and peacemaking efforts.

The institute is also accepting applications for Peace Writers. Peace Writers document the stories of Women PeaceMakers for publication. Writers will interview the Women and engage in extensive research to become familiar with the histories of their conflicts and peacemaking efforts.

For more information about the program and an application please visit the IPJ web site at or contact Erika Lopez, Women PeaceMakers Program Officer, at .

Erika Lopez, M.A.
Women PeaceMakers Program Officer
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, Room 130
University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 260-7569 Tel.
(619) 260-7570 Fax