Nominations or Self-Nominations due: March 31, 2011

Applications due: May 2, 2011

You have until March 31 to apply for the 2011 Tech Awards, or nominate an organization you know who might be interested in this award.  The Tech Awards honors innovators who are creatively applying technology to benefit humanity in the areas of Environment, Economic Development, Education, Equality and Health.  Fifteen laureates in five categories will be honored at a Gala event in October 2011 in Silicon Valley, California, and five Laureates will each be awarded a cash prize of $50,000 USD.

To nominate yourself, or someone you know, please visit: http://nominations.techawards.org/nominate/nominee.asp

Key Dates:

Nominations or Self-Nominations due: March 31, 2011 
Applications due
: May 2, 2011
Laureates announced
: August 2011
Laureate week in California
: October 17-21, 2011

If you have any questions, please contact: techawards@thetech.org.

Further Information on The Tech Awards and the application process, and the selection criteria can be found at: www.techawards.org.

Best wishes and good luck!

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Deadline Date

March 31, 2011

These prizes (US$1,000 each for individuals and US$3,000 for specific African women’s organisations), awarded by the Women’s World Summit Foundation (WWSF) – an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) working towards the empowerment of women and children – aim to honour creative and courageous women and women’s groups around the world for their contributions to improving the quality of life in rural communities. At least 20 prizes will be awarded, and a donation of US$3000 will be awarded for established organisations in Africa.

The prizes are focused on drawing international attention to the laureates’ contributions to sustainable development, household food security, and peace, thus generating more recognition and support for their projects.

Eligibility:
Nominees should be women, or groups of women, currently active in rural life whose efforts have not yet been acknowledged by other awards. They may not nominate themselves.

The nominating organisation or individual must have direct experience of the nominee’s work. The nominator may not nominate a family member or be a member of the nominated organisation; nor can an organisation nominate its senior officer (i.e. founder, president, etc.). No more than 3 nominees may be presented by the same person/organisation in a given year. The nominator commits to organising an award ceremony if its nominee is selected and to invite the media.

The long-term impact of the Prize will depend on the integrity of the nominators and the quality of their nominations. The Prize is an award for successful accomplishments rather than a fund for future projects. The nominee’s history (2-3 pages) should demonstrate the creativity, courage, and sometimes sacrifice of the nominee in her efforts at the grassroots level to improve life in rural communities. Descriptions should be as specific as possible.

Any of the following elements should be emphasised:

Exceptional courage and perseverance in improving rural life

Creativity in the approach

Preservation of and respect for the environment

Continuing impact on the community

Nominations must include: an original signed letter of nomination indicating how the nominator knows the nominee and for how long; biographical data on the nominee; a detailed history of the nominee’s creative project; 2 original signed endorsement letters; if possible, additional supporting materials such as newspaper articles and publications; and a few photographs showing the nominee(s) for possible publication.

Application Information

For more information, also available in German, Spanish, and French: http://www.woman.ch/index.php?page=nomination-guidelines&hl=en_US

Contact

Elly Pradervand

Women’s World Summit Foundation (WWSF)

11 Avenue de la Paix

1202 Geneva

Switzerland

http://www.woman.ch/?hl=en_US

wrwd@wwsf.ch

Countries: Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire / Ivory Coast, Gambia, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Senegal, Sierra Leone

Rolling Deadline

Through its main grantmaking programme “Rural Women Creating Change”, New Field Foundation supports African rural women, their organisations, and networks in sub-Saharan Africa to increase their agency over resources, information, and policy. Rural Women Creating Change grants are intended to enable:

Local Organising: to bring significant improvement to rural women’s organisations, their families, communities, and countries; Movement Building: to contribute to a dynamic movement of rural women who are creating social change; and Systemic Change: to promote African rural women’s leadership that creates economic justice, gender equity, and peace at local, provincial, and national levels.

New Field chooses to concentrate its support in regions that are going through transformation after years of conflict or other upheaval. The programme concentrates on three focus areas: 1) Casamance, Senegal: Kolda district; Kerewane, Gambia; 2) Mano River Union: Kissidougou, Guéckédou, and N’zerekore districts of Guinea; Kailahun and Kono districts of Sierra Leone; Lofa county of Liberia; and 3) Niger River Basin: border area between Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, and Mali.

The majority of these grants go to support local groups that are organising collectively to create “thriving, equitable, and peaceful communities for rural African women and their families.”  New Field Foundation is particularly interested in organisations that:

Are African-based, women-led, and community-centred; Increase the resources and agency of rural women’s organisations and networks; Can receive and manage international funds; Are well established in the communities in which they work; Demonstrate well functioning management, finance, and programmatic systems; and  Are benefiting rural women and their organisations through systemic change.

Application Information

New Field invites the submission of introductory information from organisations that have carefully reviewed their priorities and are a strong match in terms of programmatic focus, institutional identity, women’s leadership, and geographic location. New Field spends significant time getting to know an organisation before inviting a full proposal.

Contact

New Field Foundation

1016 Lincoln Boulevard
Mailbox 14

San Francisco CA

94129

United States

Tel: + 1 415 561 3417 Fax: + 1 415 561 3419

http://www.newfieldfound.org/grants.priorities.html

info@newfieldfound.org