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Skoll Foundation Accepting Applications for Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship

A program of the Skoll Foundation (www.skoll.org), the Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship support social entrepreneurs whose work has the potential for large-scale influence on critical challenges of our time: environmental sustainability, health, tolerance and human rights, institutional responsibility, social and economic equality, peace and security. Skoll Awards provide second-round, or mezzanine, funding structured as core support in the form of grants, loans, or a combination of the two. Qualifying organizations will be led by a social entrepreneur; have implemented programs that demonstrate effective approaches to critical social and environmental challenges with global implications; have a clear, compelling plan for reaching scale by expanding or replicating their own work, and/or inspiring and supporting others to do so; identify the resources and supporters crucial to replicating and sustaining the work at scale; and commit to work with peers and the Skoll Foundation to develop and communicate success stories appealing to the enlightened self- interest of the well-off and to building support for social entrepreneurs worldwide. Upcoming deadlines for applications are: July 18, 2006; and September 18, 2006. To read more about who is eligible, click on the link below. Or visit the Skoll Foundation Web site for complete program guidelines, application, and FAQs.

The program is open to nonprofit organizations with U.S. 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. For-profit or hybrid organizations may apply for loans, or in some cases a combination of grant and loan funding, explicitly supporting charitable purposes and outcomes. Organizations that do not have 501(c)(3) status, including organizations based in other countries, will be asked to submit additional documentation about the organization or its fiscal sponsor to determine eligibility for funding.

The awards are not intended for new or early-stage programs or initiatives. Programs submitted for consideration should have a track record of at least three years.

Grant support may not exceed 20 percent of an organization’s operating budget in any fiscal year. Award recipients will be eligible to apply for renewed funding at the end of the three-year award period if they have demonstrated measurable progress toward goals.

The online application deadline for consideration in November 2006 is July 18, 2006. The deadline for consideration in March 2007 is September 18, 2006.

Amy Lang
Amy Lang is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at the University of British Columbia. She wrote her dissertation on British Columbia’s groundbreaking Citizens’ Assembly process, and is currently doing follow-up research on the Ontario Citizens’ Assembly.

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