Theirworld Education Innovation Awards 2021

Theirworld is inviting innovative hard-working non-profits, NGOs and charities to apply for Education Innovation Awards 2021! Apply now!

Theirworld is a global children’s charity committed to ending the global education crisis and unleashing the potential of the next generation. Wherever they work, they aim to foster innovation, sustainability and scalability, and to build the capacity of systems for the long term in support of SDG 4. For nearly 20 years Theirworld has been partnering with organizations to help every child have the best start in life, a safe place to learn and skills for the future. They value collaboration and want to work with leaders, changemakers and innovators who have exciting projects to fuel this change. Their projects are currently running in seven countries: Greece, Kenya, Lebanon, Nigeria, Tanzania, Turkey and Uganda.

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The core themes of our Education Innovation Awards are Innovation, Investment and Inspiration. Theirworld values education at all levels and wants to ensure that participating organizations learn from this Award. They will offer targeted introductory classes to the finalists, masterclasses to the Award winners, build connections and hone the skills needed to scale up an innovation. They will help support pilot-stage grantees to make their innovations scale-ready, by building their skills and capacity and £50,000 scale-ready grants.

Selection Process:

Once applications have closed on 11 June 2021, Theirworld will pass the eligible applications to the technical selection panel. They will use the eligibility criteria and program objectives to select 10 finalists to invite to the online Introductory classes. After the Introductory classes, the 10 finalists will be invited to submit their scaleup strategy and budget, to apply for the £50,000 scale-ready grants. The panel will review and select their finalists, which will be approved by the Theirworld Trustees.




Theirworld’s Education Innovation Awards 2021 offers a two-week scale-up Bootcamp for 10 finalists. You will be supported to make your innovation scaleready through a series of workshops aimed at building your skillset and generating evidence. After Bootcamp 5 winners will also receive:

  • A grant of £50,000 to be spent on scaling up your innovation
  • An exclusive four-month accelerator to build your team, and generate evidence to grow your innovation.
  • Mentoring from experts on scaling, education and monitoring and evaluation.
  • They will offer targeted introductory classes to the finalists, masterclasses to the Awards winners, build connections and hone the skills needed to scale up an innovation.
  • The Introductory classes and Masterclasses will set your innovation up for a successful scaleup through capacity and skills building.
  • The Introductory classes will consist of intensive workshops to prepare your team to create a strong, thoughtful and focused scaleup strategy.
  • The Masterclasses will prepare Award winners to scale up by providing an in-depth understanding of organizational development, stress testing solutions, partnerships and other core building blocks for successful scaleup.
  • The Masterclasses will be complemented by one-to-one mentoring for each team.


Applications that meet the eligibility criteria will be considered for the Education Innovation Awards. However, all interested applicants are still strongly encouraged to complete the eligibility form as Theirworld is always looking for exciting projects.

Organisations should be:

  1. Registered as a nonprofit, NGO, or charity (evidence of status will be required)
  2. At pilot stage with 200+ beneficiaries and 18+ months’ existence, and some initial evidence of scaleup potential
  3. Working in, or planning to scale up to, one or more of the priority countries: Greece, Kenya, Lebanon, Nigeria, Tanzania, Turkey, or Uganda.
  4. Focused on an issue that falls under one or more of Theirworld’s three pillars:
    1. The best start in life – includes a healthy birth, and quality and inclusive early childhood education.
    2. A safe place to learn – means looking out for vulnerable children and youth, especially children in emergencies and conflict.
    3. Skills for the future – ensures all young people are ready to become engaged citizens able to participate meaningfully in society and the future of work.
  5. Reaching marginalised learners, such as people in poverty and/or refugee or displaced populations.
Eligible Regions: Open for all.

Application Process

The application process is separated into two stages.

  1. The first is a simple three-minute eligibility form that will ascertain if you are eligible for the program. You will be required to accept the privacy policy at this stage in order to submit your application. Even if you do not meet the eligibility criteria, you are still welcome to submit this form and Theirworld will be in contact with you when a suitable opportunity arises.
  2. If you are eligible, you will be invited to complete the application form. This form should take 30-45 minutes to complete. You will also be asked to submit a detailed budget form, a two-minute video, supporting documentation (including a safeguarding policy).

You must submit your application using the link which you will receive after your eligibility form has been accepted.

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Application Deadline: June 11, 2021

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