How do I find out if my community initiative or project is eligible for the Equator Prize?
To be eligible for the Equator Prize, community initiatives or projects must be located within a country receiving support from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), excluding countries with a high level of development. Click here for a list of eligible countries and for additional eligibility requirements.
How can I nominate a community initiative or project?
What languages is the nomination form available in?
The nomination form is available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Haitian Creole, Hindi, Indonesian, Malay, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog, Thai and Vietnamese. Hard copies of the nomination form in language can be downloaded here.
What are the selection criteria for the awards?
Click here to view a complete list of Equator Prize 2014 selection criteria.
How long does it take to complete the nomination form?
The nomination form should take approximately one hour to complete, depending on the length of answers given.
What will Equator Prize winners receive?
Twenty-five community organizations will be awarded the 2014 Equator Prize. Each winning community receives US$5,000, with five selected for ‘special recognition’ and an additional $15,000 (USD). Representatives of winning initiatives will also be supported to participate in a series of events held in conjunction with the United Nations General Assembly in New York in September 2014.
Beyond the monetary award, the Equator Prize is aimed to validate and raise the profile of its recipients both domestically and internationally as a model for sustainable development.
What kinds of groups are eligible?
Nominations may be submitted for:
• Community-based organizations
• Community-based enterprises
• Indigenous groups
• Non-governmental organizations
• Women's groups
• Youth groups
• Initiatives associated with a community-conserved area or other biological reserve
Winning initiatives will have improved community wellbeing and local livelihoods through sustainable natural resource management and/or environmental conservation of land based and/or marine resources.
What do I need to address in the nomination?
The nomination must answer a number of questions concerning the project's description and impact. To view these questions, please download the nomination form (available in 15 languages) here.
If you are looking to better communicate the strengths of a given project and to improve the quality of a nomination, you may find it useful to browse the resources available on the Equator Initiative website. It is advisable to tailor the nomination answers to address the selection criteria and eligibility requirements. Please also browse profiles of past Equator Prize winners - which include videos and detailed case studies - to get a sense of what a winning initiative may look like. The Equator Initiative welcomes the application of any communities and projects that may be competitive, including those who previously applied but were unsuccessful.
What types of documents/images should I upload in the Questions section of the nomination form?
Examples of documents that will be useful in the selection process are project reports, monitoring & evaluation reports, annual reports, academic studies, etc. Images that capture the community initiative in action are also welcome.
What if I have trouble uploading documents and/or images at the end of the Questions section?
How many documents and images am I allowed to submit?
You may submit one (1) document and three (3) pictures. You will be asked to upload documents and pictures at the end of the "Questions" section in the nomination form. Kindly note: If you are submitting a nomination via e-mail, you may also attach one (1) document and three (3) pictures. Please submit one document and a maximum of three pictures only. This ensures that online and e-mail nominations are treated equally. If you submit more than one document we will ask you to specify which one you would like to see considered or choose one at our discretion.
What if I suddenly lose internet connection or I accidentally close the nomination window in the middle of completing my form?
Once you start the nomination form, everything you enter will automatically be saved. If you close the window or lose internet connectivity, you can go back to the online nomination form and begin where you left off.
How do I fill out the Partner Organizations section of the form?
In the Partner Organizations section you will be asked to provide contact information for all partner organizations (typically, NGOs or agencies that have provided project support to the nominated initiative). After you have filled out the Partner Organizations section, there will be a field in the Questions section of the form where you can describe the relationship between the nominated initiative and each partner organization.
Will Equator Initiative staff review my nomination materials prior to submission?
Equator Initiative staff are available to answer questions on a nomination prior to its final submission, and will take reasonable steps to guide nominators through the process. Please be advised that the selection of Equator Prize winners is done though an independent Technical Advisory Committee. Equator Initative staff do not decide and cannot influence this process.
How do I submit my nomination form?
Once you have filled out all of the required sections, you will arrive at the final page of the nomination form. In order to submit, please click the Save and Submit button at the bottom of the page.