Deadline: September 30, 2015
Since 2011, the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the BMW Group have engaged in a historic partnership geared towards creating a new model for collaboration between the private sector and the UN system. Together, they have established the BMW Group Award for Intercultural Innovation, in support of the Alliance of Civilizations, under the auspices of the United Nations (otherwise known as The Intercultural Innovation Award), whose mandate is to select highly innovative grassroots projects that promote intercultural dialogue and understanding, making vital contributions to prosperity and peace.
The Intercultural Innovation Award is bestowed upon ten organizations. Awardees receive one year of support and consulting from the UNAOC and the BMW Group, which will assist their projects to increase their effectiveness. Support will also be provided to successful projects so that they can be replicated in other contexts or settings where they might be relevant. The specific support received will depend on the individual needs of the projects.
Eligible to apply for the Intercultural Innovation Award are not-for-profit organizations active in the field of migration and integration; intercultural awareness education for intercultural citizenship; and organizations addressing the needs of specific groups in promoting intercultural understanding (e.g. faith-based, youth, women, media, etc.) with a track record of managing intercultural projects and willingness to expand their range of action. Projects within this competition need to be sustainable. The Intercultural Innovation Award does not support one-time events (e.g. festivals, events, conferences. etc.).
- 1st Prize: USD 40,000
- 2nd Prize: USD 20,000
- 3rd Prize: USD 15,000
- 4th Prize: USD 8,000
- 5th Prize: USD 5,000
- 6th- 10th Prize: USD 2,500
A membership with the Intercultural Leaderhip is also available where the winners will:
- Be part of a unique community of change makers;
- Connect with other organizations and individuals, learn about other projects, programmes and initiatives
and collaborate with them;
- Post their organization’s needs and receive effective help and advice from experts, including Responsible Leaders of the BMW Foundation and BMW Group associates, enabling organizations to maximize their impact;
- Get notified of opportunities: competitions,
grants, conferences, etc.
Get Recognition and Visibility:
Awarded organizations will be invited to participate in the 7th UNAOC Global Forum where the Awards ceremony will take place in the presence of hundreds of Heads of States, ministers, media and civil society organizations.
Awarded organizations will also be supported in the development and implementation of a communications plan by BMW Group communications specialists as well as a US-based public relations firm. Finally, awardees will be invited to participate in regional or global events that can serve as platforms to present their projects.
Read more in the applications guideline.
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