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Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship

Grants for Large, Established Social
Entrepreneurship Organizations Worldwide

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Foundation / Corporation

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Awards will be given to large, established social entrepreneurship organizations worldwide in order to help them take their work to the next level. Proposals will be considered from organizations addressing a variety of issues including: economic and social equality, environmental sustainability, health, institutional responsibility, peace and security, and tolerance and human rights. Priority is given to organizations with annual budgets of USD 1,000,000 - USD 2,500,00 that are ready to expand significantly. Award winners have a tested and proven social innovation that addresses an issue of critical importance and is positioned for large-scale impact.

Qualifying organizations will be evaluated against the following criteria:
* Impact potential: Organization’s innovation is positioned to directly affect policy, behavior and/or infrastructure/system(s) on a large scale and can show evidence of significant impact already achieved.
* Inflection: Organization has a proven approach that has already been implemented with success and is now ready to apply the approach on a much larger scale.
* Innovation: Organization has an approach that fundamentally disrupts the status quo to solve social and/or environmental problems.
* Issue: Organization works on an issue that is identified by the Skoll Foundation as one of world’s most pressing problems.
* Skoll leverage: Organization will benefit from engaging with Skoll Foundation beyond a purely funding relationship, such as collaboration with our network of entrepreneurs or access to media opportunities.
* Social entrepreneur: Organization is led by a visionary social entrepreneur
* Sustainability: Organization has a clear, compelling plan for expanding impact and achieving long-term financial and operational sustainability.

Skoll Award recipients typically exhibit many of the following characteristics:
* Led by a visionary, effective social entrepreneur serving as a spokesperson for the issue
* Strong leadership team and board
* Clear mission and implementation model
* Unwavering focus on mission
* Well-established, strong partnerships
* Commitment to systems, including those for measurement and learning
* Diversified and mission-aligned funding sources

Not funded:
* Programs promoting religious or ideological doctrine, such as those principally sectarian in nature
* Lobbying (beyond that allowed by law for charitable organizations)
* Film financing
* Endowments, cash reserves or deficit reductions
* Land, site acquisition, or facilities construction
* Event sponsorship
* Political campaigns
* New or early-stage business plans or ideas
* Grantmaking to other organizations or individuals

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 127101

Estimated Size of Grant:

A core support grant to the organization, to be paid over three years, and a non-cash award to the social entrepreneur

Term of Contract:

3 years

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

501(c)(3) public charities or foreign public-charity equivalent
Annual budgets of USD 1,000,000 - USD 2,500,000
Applicants should have:
* A social entrepreneur currently leading the organization in a full-time capacity (e.g., at least 35 hours per week) who intends to continue in a full-time, senior leadership role for at least the next three years
* At least 20 staff members of full-time volunteers

Not eligible:
* Government agencies
* University-based projects
* Public schools and school districts
* Institutions that discriminate on the basis of race, creed, age, gender or sexual orientation in policy or practice
* Organizations whose missions and work focus on a single municipality, province or state
* Local offices of parent organizations or specific programs within organizations

Pre-Application Information:

Prospective applicants must take an online eligibility quiz.

Frequently asked questions:

Skoll Award recipients celebrated at the Skoll World Forum: March 2013

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Only inquiries not addressed in the resources listed in the RFP will be answered.

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