Commonwealth Youth Awards 2021

Applications are invited for the Commonwealth Youth Awards 2021.

Organized and delivered by the Commonwealth Youth Programme, the Commonwealth Youth Awards for Excellence in Development Work aims to recognize and celebrate young people (aged 15 – 29) in the Commonwealth who are spearheading impactful, sustainable development work in their communities.

The main objectives of the Commonwealth Youth Awards are to:

  • Highlight the contributions young people are making to development work in the Commonwealth, particularly through the Sustainable Development Goals;
  • Create an environment which will encourage and sustain investments in youth-led development;
  • Illustrate the depth and breadth of talent, commitment and creativity that exists among young people across the Commonwealth; and
  • Motivate, encourage and challenge young people to set high standards for their work/service at community, national, regional or international levels.

To be eligible for the QCT prizes, applicants must also meet the following additional criteria:

  • be aged 18 to 29 years old on 31 December 2021; and
  • be the founder or co-founder of a social enterprise.

Awards Process

There will be four finalists for each Commonwealth region with the top entries receiving the Regional Winner Award. The top Regional Winner will receive the Pan-Commonwealth Award and be named the Commonwealth Young Person of the Year 2022.

Grant size is explained below:

The 20 Regional Finalists will each receive a £1,000 grant, a trophy and a certificate.

The 5 Regional Winners will receive an additional £2,000 (a total of £3,000) a trophy and a certificate.

The Pan-Commonwealth Winner will receive an additional £2,000 (a total of £5,000) a trophy and a certificate.

The selected winner of the QCT prizes will recieve two years of flexible funding at £20,000 a year, as well as coaching opportunities and organisational development support.

Winners will be officially announced during Commonwealth Week in March 2022.

Grant Size: GBP 1,000 – 20,000

Deadline: October 17, 2021

Grant Sector:
  • Education
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Human Rights & Democracy
  • Environment
  • Development
  • Women & Gender
  • Research
  • Science & Technology
  • Youth & Children
  • Leadership
  • Health
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