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Intercultural Innovation Award

Grants and In-Kind Support to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits,
Institutions, Groups, and Agencies to Foster Intercultural Dialogue

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and BMW Group

Deadline Date:

05/27/21 5:00 PM EDT (New York City time)


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Grants and in-kind support to USA, Canada, and International nonprofit organizations, research and educational institutions, indigenous groups, faith-based organizations, and local governments for innovative projects that foster intercultural understanding and dialogue. Awards are granted to organizations around the world that seek to grow their range of action within a broad range of social and cultural issues.

The Intercultural Innovation Award is a partnership between the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the BMW Group that selects and supports the most innovative grassroots projects that encourage intercultural dialogue and work toward a more peaceful and socially inclusive world by building mutual respect among peoples of different cultural and religious identities, rejecting violent extremism and embracing diversity.

Projects submitted by applying organizations must implement projects focused on promoting intercultural dialogue and fostering diverse and inclusive societies, and who are willing to expand their range of action. Examples include projects in the fields of promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment, preventing xenophobia, violent extremism, and hate speech, promoting the use of sport, art and culture as tools to drive social change and foster social inclusion. 

The main objective of the Intercultural Innovation Award is to identify and support innovative projects that are already being implemented and have potential for expansion and replication. The award is given to organizations that are implementing the project with the overall goal to sustainably expand and adapt the project to other contexts. Projects presented within this call must have shown successful outcomes during at least its first year of implementation. 

Awarded recipients will receive support in the form of financial grants and capacity building, consisting of the following:

  • Funding - the monetary prize of the award only supports expenses needed to expand the range of actions of the project and replicate them in other contexts.
  • Training and Capacity Building
  • Customized Support and Mentoring
  • Recognition and Visibility
  • "Intercultural Leaders" Membership

For further details on each of these benefit areas, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181411

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Number of Grants:

The Intercultural Innovation Award is bestowed upon ten organizations.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The support program will consist of funding, training and capacity-building, customized support and mentoring, and membership to the “Intercultural Leaders”.

Term of Contract:

- Awardees receive one year of support and mentoring from UNAOC and the BMW Group.
- Projects submitted within this call should have been launched for at least 12 months by April 2021 (i.e. projects submitted must have started on April 2020 or earlier).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations that submit a project to the competition need to fulfill each and every one of the following criteria to be deemed eligible:
- Organizations must be registered as a not-for-profit organization, such as a non-governmental organization, charitable organization, research and educational institution, labor union, indigenous group, faith-based organization, professional association, foundation and local or municipal branches of government.
- Applying organizations must have been operational for a minimum of 2 years before April 2021; with funding base and project implementation (i.e. the organization must show registration as non-profit in their country of operation by April 2019 or earlier).
- Applying organizations must be managing a project focused on promoting intercultural dialogue and fostering diverse and inclusive societies, and who are willing to expand their range of action. Examples include projects in the fields of promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment, preventing xenophobia, violent extremism, and hate speech, promoting the use of sport, art and culture as tools to drive social change and foster social inclusion.
- The applying organization must have the willingness to expand the range of action of the project with UNAOC, the BMW Group and Accenture.
- Organizations that have previously received any UNAOC support are not eligible to apply to the Intercultural Innovation Award.
- Projects that have been submitted to previous editions of the Intercultural Innovation Award and were not selected, are eligible and encouraged to apply again. However, applying organizations cannot have been winners of previous editions of the UNAOC Marketplace of Ideas or BMW Group Awards.

Individuals cannot apply.

A Limited Liability Company or an LLC cannot apply. However, if your company is associated with a non-for-profit (university, foundation, etc) or it has a non-for-profit branch (i.e. some LLCs do social work through a foundation), you would be eligible to apply.

The award is open to all applicants around the world.

The Intercultural Innovation Award does not support one-time events (e.g. festivals, events, conferences. etc.).

The award does not provide base funding. The award does not fund projects that have not been implemented yet.

Pre-Application Information:

Apply by Thursday, 27 May 2021, 5:00 PM EDT (New York time). Late submissions will not be considered.

Applications are only accepted in English.

Online applicants will receive an automated message.

Based on the written submissions and accompanying materials, a maximum of 30 applications will be shortlisted by a pre-selection committee. Only shortlisted applicants will be notified. Shortlisted applicants will be required to provide further documentation. They will be interviewed in the final stage of evaluations. Ten finalists will be selected.


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application portal:

For questions, please contact

The Intercultural Innovation Award
UNAOC Secretariat
70 Third Avenue, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10017 USA

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.

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