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Guidance notes

Deadline for applications

All applications must be received by 30 June 2018. However, we strongly recommend applying as early as possible. We will review applications as they are submitted to ensure that all of the information included is correct. This means that earlier applications have a greater chance of success as we have more time for further review.


We would prefer to receive applications completed in English. If you are not comfortable writing your answers in English, we encourage you to have a friend or colleague translate your application into English prior to submission. If these options are not possible, we will accept applications in French or Spanish.

We do appreciate that many applicants will not speak English, French or Spanish as a first language and entries will be judged based on the quality of the peacebuilding plans and not on the standard of the language used.


In order to be eligible to enter, you must:

  • Be undertaking peacebuilding work: your organisation will be either a peacebuilding organisation or have peacebuilding as a substantial element of your work. Prize money may only be used for costs directly related to peacebuilding, or core costs related to supporting your peacebuilding work.
  • Be locally based: Your organisation must be based in the country/communities where your work will be done. If your organisation operates in multiple countries, you are not eligible to enter. (Cross-border projects are eligible.)
  • Be an independent organisation, not an in-country or satellite organisation of an international NGO.

Definition of ‘organisation’

We do not require for your organisation to be officially registered, and will consider applications from campaign groups and movements who are doing peacebuilding work under the categories below.


These awards are designed to support peacebuilding work. We use the definition from the respected ‘Reflecting on Peace Practice’ project, that peacebuilders should be working towards two basic goals:

  • Stopping violence and destructive conflict; and
  • Building just and sustainable peace.

Your organisation should be either entirely dedicated to peacebuilding work, or have peacebuilding as a substantial part of its overall work.


Prizes will be decided in 3 categories. Organisations can apply in 1 or 2 different categories. If your work does not fit under any category, you will not be eligible to enter.

Women-led peacebuilding: Your organization should have a commitment to being led by women. This should be evidenced in your ongoing practice and policies. The majority of all leadership roles should be occupied by women.

Youth-led peacebuilding: Your organization should have a commitment to being led by youth (defined as age 30 or under). This should be evidenced in your ongoing practice and policies. The majority of all leadership roles should be occupied by youth.

Nonviolent action: Your work must be in organising an ongoing nonviolent campaign or movement, challenging injustice in a conflict situation to advance a more just, inclusive and peaceful society.  This should combine nonviolent direct actions (vigils, marches, strikes, sit-ins, boycotts, satire) and peacebuilding to transform violent conflict.   

Selection process

The winners will be decided by a jury of peacebuilding experts, from a shortlist of entries.

Selection criteria

The awards are designed to reward innovative peacebuilding organisations with the potential to build sustainable peace in their communities. Entries will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Impact: clear potential to demonstrably prevent violence or build peace.
  • Community support: able to demonstrate community support for project, for example through voluntary efforts of community members.
  • Innovation: offering a new approach or original thinking. This does not mean that you have to be doing something entirely new but that you project stands out as something different from other projects.
  • Sustainability: to be able to last beyond the one-year funding award.

Filling in the form

There are word limits on your answers. Please obey these word limits. Text that goes beyond the limits will not be read and will not help your application.

General guidance

  • We are interested in finding organisations that have both:
    • Some track record in peacebuilding. If you have never previously undertaken peacebuilding work, you will not be able to win.
    • The potential to grow and expand. In your application, try and show how the prize money will help you scale up your organisation, and even more importantly, scale up the impact of your work.
  • Tell us what your activities are, do not focus only on the problems or conflicts that exist. We want to know what you do – be specific and not general. Include data (facts and figures) so we can get an idea of the scale of your work. How many people have you worked with? How many volunteers work with your organisation? How many communities do you work in? These numbers help outsiders understand the scale of your work.
  • Many previous applications have used too much jargon. Try to write in language that is accessible and clear. Avoid using jargon or technical terms unless absolutely necessary.
  • If you have had any evaluations of your work carried out (either internal or external), include the key information from the evaluations.
  • Remember that outsiders may not know or understand the problems in your community or country. It is important to outline the problem or conflict you are addressing.
  • Present realistic plans. What will change as a result of you winning the prize? You may not be able to solve the conflict in your country in one year, but what change can you make?