Call for Entries: Education Innovation Awards 2024

Deadline Date: March 31, 2024

Donor Name: Theirworld

Grant Size: $10,000 to $100,000

Are you working on an innovative education project that serves marginalised learners? If so, Theirworld could help you take your project to the next level.

Theirworld is looking for up to 10 non-profits for its Education Innovation Awards 2024.

Funding Information

  • Winners receive support to grow via leadership coaching, masterclass training sessions, one-to-one mentoring and a grant of up to £50,000 each.

Why apply?

  • The award is designed to help you develop your pilot, invest in evaluation and complete other activities to prepare for scale-up.
  • The programme will:
    • Equip you with the know-how to plan the next stage of your organisation’s growth.
    • Help you step outside the daily whirlwind and take time to reflect and plan – supported by experts and mentors.
    • Develop your team’s knowledge and skills, through a combination of masterclasses, mentoring and coaching.
  • The scale-ready grant is designed to help you develop your pilot, invest in evaluation and complete other activities to prepare for scale-up.

Eligibility Criteria

  • To apply for the Theirworld Innovation Awards 2024, your innovation should meet the following criteria:
    • Type of organisation
      • Legally registered non-profit organisations i.e. NGOs and charities. Your organisation must:
        • Have a Child Protection Policy
        • Have a bank account
        • Be able to complete the application form in full, including submitting your latest annual report and audited accounts.
      • They prioritise applications from Community Led Organisations. A Community Led Organisation is:
        • Registered in the country of activity
        • Staffed mainly by people who are citizens of, or living in, the country of activity
        • Governed by a board made up of members who are citizens of, or living in, the country of activity
    • Type of innovation
      • Innovations are eligible if they are new products, services or processes that create educational value and have the potential to ‘unlock big change’ by transforming how education is delivered at a systems level.
    • Stage & ambition of innovation
      • Your innovation and organisation must have been in existence for at least 18 months on 1 March 2024.
      • The innovation should have reached at least 2,000 learners and/or teachers between 1 March 2023 and 1 March 2024.
      • You should have evidence of impact of your pilot, ideally from an external evaluator (but third-party validation is not required).
      • Your innovation should have been trialled in at least two locations (these can be different communities within the same country).
      • Your organisation must have enough funding to continue for at least another year at the same level.
    • Objective of the innovation
      • Your innovation should support the Sustainable Development Goal 4, inclusive and equitable quality education for all.
      • In 2024 they especially welcome applications from organisations working on:
        • Artificial Intelligence (AI) in education for the most vulnerable learners
        • Education in crisis or conflict
        • Climate change education
    • People targeted by the innovation
      • Your innovation should be targeting:
        • Children aged 0-8 and/or
        • Their teachers, educators or caregivers and
        • In one or more of the following groups:
          • Living in poverty, defined as being in a situation of denial of rights and opportunities and unable to afford food, clothing or shelter
          • Part of a minority or underserved population
          • Refugees and/or Internally Displaced People (IDPs)
          • People with disabilities or special educational needs.
        • Optional: While projects can come from any country, they will prioritise applications that have impact in, or intend to scale to, one or more countries where they have existing projects
        • Optional: They also welcome applications that include elements of climate awareness, adaptation or education, Artificial Intelligence (AI) in education for the most vulnerable learners, and/or Education in crisis or conflict.

For more information, visit Theirworld.

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