Social Entrepreneurs Initiative Rules

The Competition Rules

Some of the most crucial aspects of what you need to know to apply are outlined in the list of frequently asked questions (FAQs).

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

In a nutshell, what are we looking for?

We seek people who tackle social problems. We are looking for social entrepreneurs from around the world to pitch new projects that fight corruption, or boost accountability or integrity on a local, national or international level.

Am I a social entrepreneur?

Social entrepreneurship is a hybrid term that can mean different things to many people. If you have idea that focuses on creating change for greater good, or have a positive effect on society, then yes you can consider yourself a social entrepreneur and are eligible to apply for this grant. For more, see the two definitions in the Jargon Buster in the Impact Map.

What type of projects are we looking for?

We’re looking for social projects. Projects that have impact related to social, political, economic, service delivery or environmental issues. Think how will your project idea affect people’s lives or accelerate a cultural change. Ideally, we seek projects that help increase transparency and in some way tackle corruption. Be sure to indicate of your project is a campaign, research, technology, corporate social responsibility, awareness raising, art or more.

Does the application have to be in English?

We will accept applications in English or Spanish. Do not be discouraged by your language skills or try using web translation. Remember, you will be considered on the power of your idea, not the language used.

Is there an age restriction?

Yes there is, you need to be over 18 years old from the date of your application submission. If you are under 18 years of age and have an idea you would like to bring to life please write to us and we can keep you informed about other competitions for young people under 18.

Can I work with other organisations?

Yes you can work with other organisations, for example an NGO or academic institution pursuing a similar goal. Your project can be hosted by this organisation, but the grant allocated can only contribute to your specific anti-corruption project. If your project would be hosted by another organisation, tell us all about it and fill in all the fields in the impact map.

Can TI national chapters or national contact points apply?

Yes, you can apply as an individual but please specify that your project will be hosted by another organisation as indicated in the FAQ above.

Already have funds secured?

If you have funding already, please be precise and let us know what percentage of the project costs are already secured, and what items this cost will fund.

Confidentiality and intellectual property: All information submitted in the selection process will remain confidential. If any of the information is found to be untrue, the candidate will be eliminated from the selection process.

What do I need to apply?

You need to submit the following documents before 1 October 2012.

  • Tell your story of change
  • Elevator Pitch
  • Impact Map
  • Budget

See the Apply Now page for more details.

If you have more specific questions related to the application process, please don’t hesitate to email Paula O’Malley, IACC Series Coordinator pomalley@transparency.org

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