About the Intercultural Innovation Award
The Intercultural Innovation Award is a partnership between the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the BMW Group that aims to select and support the most innovative grassroots projects that encourage intercultural dialogue and cooperation around the world.
Who can apply?
Eligible to apply for the Intercultural Innovation Award are not-for-profit organizations managing projects focused on promoting intercultural dialogue and understanding, and who are willing to expand their range of action. Examples 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.)
“As a result of winning the Intercultural Innovation Award, the number of people who downloaded the Everyday Racism app tripled within a month! This has helped us to grow our database of supporters as well as educate more people about recognizing and taking action against racism.”
"Because of the Intercultural Innovation Award, Welcoming America has been able to introduce the welcoming movement to leaders from across the globe, leading to interest in establishing similar efforts in other countries. We couldn't be more grateful to the IIA for helping to make this happen."
"The Intercultural Innovation Award has connected the Post-Conflict Research Center (PCRC) with a host of like-minded people from around the world, expanding our reach as an organization and opening up new paths forward in terms of collaboration. Learning from our fellow awardees and from the Intercultural Innovation team has been an honor."
"For Puerta Joven, the Intercultural Innovation Award was an incredible boost to make more institutions believe in the potential we have as young leaders to manage conflict and promote peace."
"For Kapamagogopa Inc., the Intercultural Innovation Award means international recognition for our Muslim youth volunteers."
The Intercultural Innovation Award is bestowed upon ten organizations. Awardees receive one year of support from UNAOC and the BMW Group, which will assist their projects to increase their effectiveness. Support will also be provided to successful projects so that they can be replicated in other contexts or settings where they might be relevant. The specific support received will depend on the individual needs of the projects.
A detailed needs assessment will be conducted in conjunction with each of the awardees. UNAOC and the BMW Group will then mobilize resources to help those projects achieve their goals. After one year, a comprehensive evaluation will be performed in order to assess the impact of the Award on successful projects.
The organizations of awardees will also become members of Intercultural Leaders, an exclusive skills and knowledge-sharing platform for civil society organizations and young leaders that work on addressing cross-cultural tensions. Through an innovative online system, Intercultural Leaders will harnesses the solidarity of its members to maximize the impact of their work and help them foster cross-cultural understanding and cooperation.
Does your not-for-profit organization qualify?
Organizations that submit a project to the competition need to fulfill each and every one of the following criteria to be deemed eligible:
How are Intercultural Innovation Awardees selected?
Shortlisted projects will be evaluated against a comprehensive set of criteria. These criteria include three main categories: