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Intercultural Innovation Award

Grants and In-Kind Support to USA, Canada, and International
Nonprofits and Agencies to Foster Intercultural Dialogue

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and BMW Group

Deadline Date:

05/31/19 5:00 PM EDT (New York City time)


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Grants and in-kind support to USA, Canada, and International nonprofit organizations and local branches of government for innovative projects that foster intercultural understanding and dialogue. Awards are granted to organizations around the world that seek to grow their range of action within a broad range of social and cultural issues.

The Intercultural Innovation Award is a partnership between the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the BMW Group that selects and supports the most innovative grassroots projects that encourage intercultural dialogue and work toward a more peaceful and socially inclusive world by building mutual respect among peoples of different cultural and religious identities, rejecting violent extremism and embracing diversity.

Projects submitted by applying organizations must implement new approaches and methods to intercultural understanding. Examples of eligible projects include projects in the fields of combating xenophobia, education for global citizenship, interfaith dialogue, migration and integration, prevention of violent extremism, as well as initiatives addressing the needs of specific groups in promoting intercultural understanding (e.g. faith-based, youth, women, media, etc.). The main objective of the Award is to identify and support innovative projects that are already being implemented and have potential for expansion and replication. The award is given to help organizations sustainably expand and adapt their projects to other contexts.

Awarded recipients will receive support in the form of financial grants and capacity building, consisting of the following:

- Funding (see Prize Levels in Estimated Size of Grant below)
- Training and Capacity Building: Two multi-day capacity building workshops, a series of webinars, and other training opportunities.
- Customized Support and Mentoring: Active support and consulting from UNAOC and the BMW Group in order to help awardees become more efficient and to expand, as well as enable their transfer to other contexts or settings.
- Recognition and Visibility: Awarded organizations will be invited to participate in an award ceremony in the presence of government officials, media and civil society organizations. Awardees might also be invited to participate in regional or global events.
- Intercultural Leaders Membership: Awardees will become members of “Intercultural Leaders”, a project of UNAOC in partnership with the BMW Group. (Alumni of the IIA will still benefit from their Intercultural Leaders membership.)

For further details on each of these benefit areas, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181411

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

The Intercultural Innovation Award is bestowed upon ten organizations.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awarded recipients will receive support in the form of financial grants and capacity building. Funding Prize Levels (USD) are as follows:

- 1st Prize: $40,000
- 2nd Prize: $20,000
- 3rd Prize: $15,000
- 4th Prize: $8,000
- 5th Prize: $5,000
- 6th - 10th Prize: $2,500

See Description above for details about capacity building and in-kind support to be received by recipient organizations.

Term of Contract:

- Awardees receive one year of support and mentoring from UNAOC and the BMW Group.
- Projects submitted within this call should have been launched for at least 12 months by April 2019 (i.e. projects submitted must have started on April 2018 or earlier).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations that submit a project to the competition need to fulfill each and every one of the following criteria to be deemed eligible:

- Organizations must be registered as a not-for-profit organization, such as a non-governmental organization, charitable organization, research and educational institution, labor union, indigenous group, faith-based organization, professional association, foundation and local or municipal branches of government.
- Applying organizations must have been operational for a minimum of 2 years before April 2019; with funding base and project implementation (i.e. the organization must show registration as non-profit in their country of operation by April 2017 or earlier).
- Applying organizations must be managing a project focused on promoting intercultural dialogue and understanding. (See examples of projects in Description above.)
- The applying organization must have the willingness to expand the range of action of the project with UNAOC, the BMW Group and other partners.
- Organizations that have previously received any UNAOC support are not eligible to apply to the Intercultural Innovation Award.
- Projects that have been submitted to previous editions of the Intercultural Innovation Award and were not selected, are eligible and encouraged to apply again. However, applying organizations cannot have been winners of previous editions of the UNAOC Marketplace of Ideas or BMW Group Awards.

A Limited Liability Company or an LLC cannot apply. However, if a company is associated with a non-for-profit (university, foundation, etc) or it has a non-for-profit branch (i.e. some LLCs do social work through a foundation), it would be eligible to apply.

The Award is open to organizations from all countries.

The Intercultural Innovation Award does not support one-time events (e.g. festivals, events, conferences. etc.).

The Award does not provide general, base, or core funding (e.g. salaries, rent, etc. not specific to a project).

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline for submissions is 31 May 2019 at 5:00 p.m. EDT (New York City time).

Based on the written submissions and accompanying materials, a maximum of 50 applications will be shortlisted by a pre-selection committee. Only shortlisted applicants will be notified. Shortlisted applicants will be required to provide further documentation and will be interviewed in the final stage of evaluations. Ten finalists will be selected and announced during the Intercultural Innovation Awards Ceremony.


Contact Information:

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

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For questions, please contact

The Intercultural Innovation Award
UNAOC Secretariat
70 Third Avenue, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10017 USA

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Geographic Focus:

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

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.