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Women of Worth Award

Awards to USA Women to Recognize
Outstanding Service to the Community

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L’Oreal Paris

Deadline Date:

04/30/21 11:59 PM EDT


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Awards of $20,000 and an additional award of $25,000 to USA women to recognize outstanding community-related volunteer service. Awardees will be honored for their innovative solutions and passionate committment to meeting the needs of the community in which they live. Award funds will be donated to the charitable organization through which they served the community.

After 50 years, L’Oréal Paris’ iconic tagline, “Because You’re Worth It,” continues to forge a connection between feeling “worth it,” and being empowered to foster and inspire a sense of worth in others. No one understands this more than the L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth, who make a beautiful difference in their communities and the world.

For the last 16 years, L’Oréal Paris has recognized founders and leaders of grassroot non-profits that have supported a breadth of causes. Fueled by a strong sense of worth and purpose, these women show the power just one individual can make in the lives of many. 

Women of Worth honors the instrinsic worth of everyday women inspiring others and creating positive change in their communities. L'Oréal Paris thus awards individuals to support their extraordinary efforts to serve their communities.

All award nominees will be judged by the following criteria:

Community Needs, Innovative Solutions and Impact (70%)

  • This refers to a nominee's ability to meet a previously unmet community need or concern. Examples of community needs are providing food, shelter or access to health care; providing arts programming or activities; strengthening educational programs; or providing enrichment activities that benefit children.
  • Innovation refers to the extent to which a nominee’s activities reflect an innovative or interesting approach to meeting community needs, as well as to the nominee’s employment of unique solutions to problems.
  • Impact is defined as an activity's positive effect on the community's social fabric and/or on individuals' or families' well-being. Impact can be measured by evaluating the programs or activities that a nominee has implemented to determine whether the number of people those programs serve has exponentially increased since the nominee began her work.

Extraordinary Passion (30%)

  • This refers to the success of a nominee's work in epitomizing the statement "Because You’re Worth It" and exemplifying the spirit of the Women of Worth program (honoring exceptional women who make a difference through their volunteer work.) Judges will look at how nominee's story and/or work inspire others to discover their power to make a difference. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180983

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Number of Grants:

L'Oréal Paris will award 10 individuals.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- The ten (10) Honorees will each receive a $20,000 donation in the Honoree’s name to their accredited 501(c) 3 nonprofit.
- The Award for the National Honoree shall consist of a $25,000 donation (the “National Award”) in their name to their accredited 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization. The National Award is in addition to, not in lieu of, the Honoree Award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Award nominees must be a woman, be legal residents of the 50 United States (excluding Puerto Rico) or the District of Columbia, be 16 years of age or older at the time of nomination and consent to be nominated.

The nominee's volunteer activities must have occurred in the United States and have primarily benefited domestic American needs. Volunteer activities of the Nominee may be paid if the organization is nonprofit in nature but cannot include court-ordered community service. Nominees who receive a nominal stipend or salary for their service (such as in connection with a national service program such as AmeriCorps and Peace Corps) may also be eligible. To be eligible, the volunteer activity should have lasted for at least six uninterrupted months and should be ongoing.

Nominators may nominate themselves or other parties.

Nominees must accept the nomination from the Nominator after being notified that they have been nominated as a Women of
Worth. It is recommended that Nominators obtain the permission of a nominee prior to nominating them. Void where prohibited by law.

For further eligibility details, see Rules listed in Supporting Documents below.

Pre-Application Information:

All nominations must be received by 11:59 PM EDT on April 30, 2021 to be eligible.

Selection of honorees and national honoree will take place in four phases. For details on this process, see

The 2021 “Women of Worth Award” Program (the “Program”) begins at 9:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time (“EDT”) on February 28, 2021 and ends at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time (“EST”) on November 30, 2021 (“Program Period”). The Program consists of a Nomination Phase, Judging Phase and Voting Phase.

Ten individuals will each be granted an award to support their cause. Following a public vote, one will be named this year’s National Honoree.
- The ten (10) Finalists selected will be notified by telephone and/or mail on or about July 9, 2021.
- The National Women of Worth Honoree (“National Honoree”) will be announced on or about December 1, 2021.

L’Oreal Paris will celebrate all ten of the 2021 Women of Worth at the end of the year.

Potential Finalists must commit to appear in a potential television broadcast, digital or social media campaign and/or a potential in-person event (location to be determined) on or about December 1, 2021, to be considered a “Honoree,” as well as to be considered for the National Woman of Worth Honoree.

There is no limit as to the number of nominations submitted per Nominator; however, each nomination must be for a different Nominee and each nomination must be substantially different from any other nomination submitted by such Nominator, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. In case of multiple Submissions for the same nominee, only the first nomination received will be accepted

For more information about the program:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Nominate an individual online:
(404) 979-2900

Women of Worth Award
c/o Points of Light
600 Means Street, NW Suite 210
Atlanta, GA 30318

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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