NOTE: I am just the messenger!  If you have any questions about this competition or wish to apply, please contact info@AfricaAwards.com, or visit the website for more info: http://www.africaawards.com/

2011 Legatum Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship, which recently opened for entries and offers a Grand Prize of $100,000 and five further prizes of $50,000 each.

Recent research from the Legatum Institute* confirms that entrepreneurs – and the businesses they lead – are the enablers of growth and innovation in every economy. The Africa Awards, now in its fourth year, is designed to recognise and reward these role models: by championing their expertise and experience, we celebrate high standards of business excellence, encourage aspiring small business owners, and stimulate the flow of investment capital within the continent.

Enabling and celebrating entrepreneurship is therefore critical to the local and national economy, as well as to business owners. Nominate your business!!!!

The Africa Awards are open for entries until August 24th 2011 and the winners will be announced at a televised Gala Awards Banquet on December 8th 2011 in Nairobi, which marks the culmination of  a high level one-day conference on entrepreneurship.

Please let them know if you have any questions; further information regarding the awards can be found online at http://www.africaawards.com/ or by contacting info@AfricaAwards.com.  Please join their online discussions  through Twitter (@AfricaAwards), LinkedIn (Legatum Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship), or Facebook.

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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!

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

Deadline Date:

March 15, 2011

Commemorating the World Day for prevention of abuse and violence against children and participating in the creation of a culture of prevention of child abuse, Women’s World Summit Foundation (WWSF) annually awards 4 prizes for innovative prevention activities among its non-governmental organisation (NGO) coalition members. Laureate organisations are selected from coalition members’ activity reports.

First prize: Prize for innovative prevention activities (US$3,000): Honouring a unique and visionary activity serving as an example for annual events

Second prize: Prize for significant prevention activities (US$1,000): Honouring perseverance, past accomplishments, and the facing of new challenges in working for prevention of child abuse

Two additional awards: For specific activities (US$500 each): Honouring a particular pertinent activity at the grassroots level

Criteria for selection:

1.  The candidate must be an organisation or a group of organisations registered as an NGO coalition member with WWSF. (For information on coalition member organisations: http://www.woman.ch/index.php?page=coalition-members&hl=en_US )

2.  The organisation must be active in the field of child rights.

3.  Priority will be given to creative and innovative approaches.

4.  Priority will also be given to grassroots organisations working in developing countries and countries in transition.

Materials required:

Brief description of the organisation (background, mission, objective, annual programmes, and budget)

Demonstration by the organisation of its commitment to prevent child abuse

Description of activities organised for the World Day (report, photos, and materials)

Budget of activities organised for the World Day

Provisional programme for the following year activities

2 or 3 original recommendation letters from local and national authorities

 

For application and more information:

http://www.woman.ch/index.php?page=children_prize&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

 

Administered by the Tribeca Film Institute with funding from Gucci, the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund provides finishing funds to feature-length documentaries that highlight and humanize issues of social importance from around the world.

The fund is seeking feature-length documentaries in production or post-production with the intended premiere exhibition in late 2011 or 2012. Films should be commercially viable and resonate with a mainstream U.S. audience.

The fund seeks to support films that highlight and humanize issues of social importance from around the world through complete, thoughtful, and dynamic storytelling; films that focus on issues that may not be extensively covered by the mainstream media or well understood by the general public; and films that focus on people who are ignored, ostracized, or otherwise marginalized or people fighting for political or social justice.

The fund does not support Short films or student projects; films that choose advocacy over story and craft; or films completed before January 1, 2011.

Submissions are encouraged from both seasoned and first-time filmmakers. International productions are eligible, but sample work must have English subtitles and be suitable for an American audience. The fund will only consider proposals written in English.

Grants will range from $10,000 to $25,000 each.

Submissions are open until December 8, 2010. Please note: The submission process requires an application fee of $40 (or a discounted fee of $30 for filmmakers who submit their complete application package by November 8, 2010).

Visit the Tribeca Film Institute Web site for complete submission requirements and an FAQ.

VSA, an international nonprofit that works to create a society where people with disabilities learn through, participate in, and enjoy the arts, and the MetLife Foundation have designed the Arts Connect All funding opportunity to encourage arts organizations in select metropolitan areas of the United States to create or enhance multi-session, inclusive education programs by strengthening partnerships with local K-12 public schools.

The Arts Connect All program is designed to enable more students with disabilities to experience social, cognitive, and cultural development through arts learning alongside their peers without disabilities; create educational access and inclusion in the arts for students with disabilities; and document the contributions that arts organizations make to inclusive education in public schools. Inclusive programs are those which have students with and without disabilities interacting in activities together to create awareness, understanding, and respect.

VSA and MetLife Foundation invite proposals from arts organizations working to create or enhance inclusive educational programs that incorporate inclusive teaching practices; provide access to students with all types of disabilities; develop social, cognitive, and artistic skills; involve people with disabilities in planning and implementation; build staff, teacher, and/or artist knowledge and skill of inclusive practices; and collaborate with public schools, actively engaging students, parents, and school administrators.

Nonprofit 501(c)(3) performing and/or exhibiting arts organizations — including museums, theaters, and multidisciplinary arts presenters —that are creating or have an established educational program are eligible to apply. Organizations must have as their primary mission the goal of advancing the arts and/or a specific art form.

Only arts organizations located in and partnering with public schools in the following metropolitan areas are eligible: Phoenix, Arizona; Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco, California; Denver, Colorado; Hartford, Connecticut; Tampa, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; Baltimore, Maryland; Boston, Massachusetts; Detroit, Michigan; Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota; Kansas City and St. Louis, Missouri; Charlotte, North Carolina; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Portland, Oregon; Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Providence, Rhode Island; Nashville, Tennessee; Houston, Texas; and Seattle, Washington.

Eligible programs (existing or newly developed) must have students with disabilities and without disabilities learning together at the same time and place; must involve K-12 public school students in the target audience; must be ongoing or have multiple sessions; may take place during school hours or after school; and may receive awards in a maximum of three grant cycles. Second- and third-year grants must expand or enhance programs funded in a previous cycle.

A maximum of ten grants of up to $15,000 each will be awarded.

Guidelines and application instructions are available at the VSA Web site.

Revolutionizing the Professional Conference Experience, The Women In Green Forum Grants Lifetime Membership To All 2010 Registrants

The Women In Green Forum, an annual sustainability conference, will include lifetime access to future Women In Green annual conferences in this year’s one-time registration fee.

In an unprecedented move, the Women In Green Forum just announced that it will grant lifetime membership to every registered attendee at the inaugural 2010 Forum, which is scheduled for September 1st and 2nd at the Pasadena Convention Center. This groundbreaking strategy will allow anyone who purchases a registration pass this year to be exempt from registration fees in future years, thereby granting 2010 Women In Green goers lifetime access to the yearly Forum for a modest, one-time fee.

Offering the added value of lifetime membership for 2010 registrants is likely to substantially boost the Forum’s attendance, serving as an innovative response to this year’s difficult economic climate. It will also create a loyal support base for future Women In Green Forums by granting conference-goers an enhanced event experience. The Forum organizers want all registrants to enjoy being members of a community versus participants in a one-time event. Unlike traditional conferences, the Women In Green Forum will continue to support the professional development interests of its members long after the Convention Center shuts down the evening of September 2nd.

“By promoting lifetime access to the Women In Green Forum, we are hoping to re-engineer the attendee experience,” says Jaime Nack, President of the event production company Three Squares Inc. (TSI) and Executive Director of the Women In Green Forum. “The purpose of the Forum is to connect professionals within the sustainability field in a meaningful way. Our lifetime membership offer will allow attendees to build upon their conference experience every year and cultivate long-term relationships, leading to career growth among individuals and the formation of a powerful Women In Green community. With so little time to solve the many critical environmental issues confronting us, we see an opportunity for the Women In Green Forum to become a driving force in shaping collaborative solutions to the environmental challenges ahead.“

The Women In Green Forum’s unique lifetime model is making a splash within the event production industry. Given the current economic climate, Three Squares Inc.—the Forum’s event production company—is diverging from the “business as usual” mode in conference production, which typically relies on sponsorships, registration rates, and short-term experiences lasting from one to three days. This unique approach provides more added value for the attendees, sponsors and speakers and will allow 2010 participants to stay connected with the Forum for years to come.

“Lifetime membership is a visionary move,” says Sarah Backhouse, Anchor of Planet 100 for Discovery’s Planet Green.com and master of ceremonies for the 2010 Women in Green Forum. “It’s an amazing opportunity for the Forum’s attendees to foster a sense of community, grow their networks and enhance job prospects. I envisage these exclusive memberships becoming highly coveted in the future.”

Serving one of the chief goals of the Forum—to create a community of professionals who share a passion for sustainability—lifetime memberships will be assigned to individual attendees rather than their affiliated companies. Lifetime memberships will also include priority invitations to other Women In Green Forum events throughout the year and future access to an online “members only” portal. By creating more opportunities to connect with others in the field, the lifetime membership strategy is anticipated to create a collaborative platform from which women can develop powerful professional networks and build upon each other’s successes. For more details and the terms of the membership offer, please visit the Forum web site at http://www.womeningreenforum.com.