The Skoll Foundation has announced the opening of the 2013 application process for the Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship given out each year to select social entrepreneurs who are solving the world’s most pressing problems. The award gives a core support grant to the organization over a period of three years in addition to a noncash award to the social entrepreneur, which is presented every spring at the Skoll World forum.
As many of the world’s most pressing problems are exacerbated by the inequality existing between the rich and the poor, the Skoll Foundation’s focus is on the issue areas of economic and social equity, environmental sustainability, health, institutional responsibility, peace and security and tolerance, justice and human rights. The awards are offered to the organization and the social entrepreneur for presenting a tested and proven social innovation addressing problems in the above-mentioned issue areas.
The criteria for applicants demands that the applying organizations should have the potential to create an impact; it should have a proven approach that can be applied elsewhere; it should have its own innovation that can lead to address the social and/or environmental problems; it should be able to leverage partnership with the Foundation; it should be led by a visionary social entrepreneur; and of course, there should be sustainability in its institution and its idea.
NGOs across all countries are invited to submit applications. However, organizations such as those inclined towards religious or ideological doctrines, lobbying, film financing, political campaigns etc are eligible to apply.
In order to apply to this opportunity, organizations have to first take up an eligibility quiz available at the Skoll Foundation’s website. If the applicant successfully passes the quiz, then he or she can enter to submit the online application.
The deadline to submit applications is 1 March 2012. For more information, visit this link.