4 funding opportunities for your big idea

Have an idea but a lack of funding is making you feel stuck? Here are some opportunities you won’t want to miss:

2014 Prize in Creating Shared Value

Did you know the company that brings you Crunch, Cheerios, and more also has a sweet spot for social innovation? Every other year Nestlé highlights local efforts making positive impact.

  • Area of focus: Nutrition, water, or rural development
  • Prize: One winner will receive approximately $530,000 to scale or replicate their project.
  • Eligibility: Successfully piloted programs, businesses, or social enterprises around the world.
  • Deadline: March 31, 2013

Next Century Innovators Awards

Funding makes the social innovation world go round. (Photo via B Tal on Flickr’s Creative Commons.)

The Rockefeller Foundation turns 100 years old this year. To celebrate, the foundation “is calling on the ingenuity of innovators to chart new paths that will transform the lives of billions working in informal economies across the globe.”

  • Area of focus: Poverty
  • Prize: Up to ten finalists will have the chance to apply for a $100,000 grant. Three nominees, one of whom will be a youth recipient, will also get the gift of being honored at Foundation’s Innovation Forum in NYC this year.
  • Eligibility: Individuals 18 and older as well as organizations, businesses, and schools around the world.
  • Deadline: April 1, 2013

Peace First Prize

Contrary to stereotypes, young people today don’t all play video games or ignore the news. The Peace First Prize honors youth who are committed to the triad of compassion, courage, and collaborative change in their community or school.

  • Area of focus: Peacemaking
  • Prize: Five winners will each receive a $50,000 Peace First Fellowship over two years to continue their work or put toward their education.
  • Eligibility: U.S. citizens between the ages of 8 and 22 who have implemented a project domestically.
  • Deadline: April 12, 2013

Caplow Children’s Prize

Run by the Whole New World Foundation, this online contest seeks ideas for life-saving innovations that prevent child mortality before the age of five.

  • Area of focus: Child mortality
  • Prize: One winner will receive $1,000,000 to implement their idea.
  • Eligibility: Individuals or organizations around the world.
  • Deadline: April 12, 2013

Do you know of more opportunities? Leave them below in the comments!

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Comments (2)


  1. bijaya koirala writes:
    February 21, 2013 at 1:16 am

    There are many problems in the world but in my opinion poverty is a most dangerous problem of the world. i think so rural development is the key of deduction of rural poverty .
    here i m talking about my own country but poverty is all over the world and its effects are also same. poverty motivates the people to doing bad works. people cant believe but its sure that more poor people are terrorist in the world you know why? because poor people dose not see any way to go and work …rich people and high level people dose not accept the poor people to give any work. and they becomes compel to do a bad work.
    i know i get many comments but it is reality and i m real because i can understand coz i m also a poor ….
    many organizations NGO S INGO S invest more money for poverty alleviation but no one get and see any thing … leaders . and their staff becomes fat and reach day by day and poverty trap increase day by day….
    IF IDEALIST INVEST ANY AMOUNT PLEASE GIVE ME I WILL PROVE I CAN DO ….BETTER THAN A REPUTED ORGANIZATION…AND INGO S …


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