Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders

Before completing the application form, please first read the guidance notes. The guidance notes will help you determine if you are eligible to apply and also assist you with including the right information.


Guidance notes

Deadline for applications:

All applications must be received by August 9th. However, we strongly recommend applying as early as possible. We will review applications as they are submitted to ensure the information is included correctly, and so early applications have a greater chance of success.



All applications must be submitted in English, French or Spanish. However, we would prefer to receive applications completed in English. If you are not comfortable writing your answers in English, we encourage you to have a friend or colleague translate your application into English prior to submission. If these options are not possible, we will accept applications in French and Spanish as well.

Because the winners of the competition will have significant interaction with Peace Direct staff, and potentially with other partner organisations, winning organisations will need to have at least one staff member able to communicate in English.

We do appreciate that many applicants will not speak English, French or Spanish as a first language and entries will be judged based on the quality of the peacebuilding plans and not on the standard of the language used.



In order to be eligible to enter, you must:

  • be a registered organisation or community association, established for at least 2 years: you will be asked for proof of this at a later stage. If there is a specific security reason why you are not registered, you must explain this to us.
  • be undertaking peacebuilding work: your organisation will be either a peacebuilding organisation or have peacebuilding as a substantial element of your work. Prize money may only be used for costs directly related to peacebuilding, or core costs related to supporting your peacebuilding work.
  • have a maximum annual turn-over of $40,000 or less: This will be based on average turnover for the last 3 years. Annual accounts will be requested from selected organisations as proof.
  • be locally based: Your organisation must be based in the country/communities where your work will be done.
  • Your organisation should be an independent organisation, not an in-country or satellite organisation of an international NGO.



This competition is designed to support peacebuilding work. We use the definition from the respected ‘Reflecting on Peace Practice‘ project, that peacebuilders should be working towards two basic goals:

  • Stopping Violence and Destructive Conflict; and
  • Building Just and Sustainable Peace.

Your organisation should be either entirely dedicated to peacebuilding work, or have peacebuilding as a substantial part of your overall work.

See page 12 of ‘Confronting War’ for more information on this definition of peacebuilding:


Public profile of your work:

From the entries we receive for this competition, we will select a shortlist. Shortlisted entries will be profiled on our website and in the media. These profiles will be used to provide awareness of the work of the shortlisted entries. If there is any information on your work which is sensitive or not for publication, we will ask that you mark it as so on your application.


Selection process:

The winners will be decided by a jury of peacebuilding experts, from a shortlist of entries.


Selection criteria:

The competition is designed to reward innovative peacebuilding organisations with the potential to build sustainable peace in their communities. Entries will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Impact: clear potential to demonstrably prevent violence or build peace
  • Community support: able to demonstrate community support for project, for example through voluntary efforts of community members
  • Innovation: offering a new approach or original thinking. This does not mean that you have to be doing something entirely new, but what makes your project stand out as different from other projects?
  • Sustainability: likely to be able to last beyond the one year funding award
  • Media and community skills: groups with the capacity or desire to share their successes and challenges, via blog posts or other media, to inspire other peacebuilding activists.


General guidance:

  • We are interested in finding organisations who have both:
    • Some track record in peacebuilding. If you have never previously undertaken peacebuilding work, you will not be able to win.
    • The potential to grow and expand. In your application, try and show how the prize money will help you scale up your organisation, and even more importantly, scale up the impact of your work.
  • In presenting your plans, remember to focus on the impact of your work, and not just on what activities will take place.
  • Remember that outsiders may not know or understand the problems in your community or country. It is important to outline the problem or conflict you are addressing.
  • Present realistic plans. What will change as a result of you winning the competition? You may not be able to solve the conflict in your country in one year, but what change can you make?
  • Use clear language to describe your work and avoid using jargon or technical terms unless absolutely necessary.


Application form

Organisation information

Please supply the name and address of your organisation.

Contact person
Contact email address
Phone number
Skype name optional
Website optional


Area of operation

Please state the geographical area where your organisation operates.



Please give a short profile of the founders / leadership of your organisation. What has led them to undertake peacebuilding work? (Maximum 2000 characters, including spaces)



Organisation profile:

Please offer a short description of your organisation, including when you were founded, what your mission is, and what your main themes or areas of work are (please include all work of the organisation, including in areas other than peacebuilding). (Maximum 2000 characters, including spaces)


Your peacebuilding work:

Please describe your peacebuilding work of your organisation. Please include:

  • What conflicts you seek to address in your work.
  • What peacebuilding projects or activities have you undertaken? Is peacebuilding the main activity of your organisation?
  • Please explain why you use the strategies or activities that you undertake. What is your logic for working in this way? (If you are organisation has developed a Theory of Change to explain your work, please include it here.)
  • What impact or successes have you had in your peacebuilding work?

(Maximum 4500 characters, including spaces)



A story of success

Peace Direct values the importance of stories that describe how your work is having an impact on people in your communities. Please tell us a story of success from your peacebuilding work. (Maximum 2000 characters, including spaces)



Your peacebuilding plans

Any peacebuilding organisation is eligible to enter. For the 2013 competition we are particularly interested in the below categories of peacebuilding work.

Please select any of the issues that you think your work comes under (it is ok to select more than one):

Using technology or social media for peacebuilding

Women-led peacebuilding

Youth peacebuilding

Peacebuilding and the environment / conflicts over resources

Projects working on urban violence

The Tomorrow’s Peacebuilder Competition provides $4000 of funding to the winners. Please outline how this funding would assist you over the next year. This can mean an expansion of your current work, or for a new project, or for the core costs of the organisation. Whatever the funds would be used for, the most important thing is to show why the funding would make a difference, and what it could achieve.

Please explain here how you would use the $4000 of funding to develop your peacebuilding work.

(Before completing this section, we recommend you read the guidance notes, in particular the selection criteria.) (Maximum 4500 characters, including spaces)



Indicative budget: Please provide an approximate budget of what this funding could be used for. The total budget here should not exceed the $4000 prize, nor cover costs lasting more than 12 months.


Your long term plans

Please outline what your organisation hopes to achieve for peacebuilding in the longer term. Where do you hope or expect to be in 5 years? 10 years?


Supporting information


Please provide the names and contact details (including email addresses) of at least two referees. The referees should be familiar with your organisation’s work. Please specify the referee’s relationship with you or your organisation. The referees should not be employees or trustees of your organisations, nor should they be relatives of your employees/trustees.

As part of the selection process, we will contact the referees of applicants we are considering for shortlisting. They will need to be available to respond to us during August.


Referee 1

Phone number


Referee 2

Phone number


Additional Referees



Governance information

Please provide details of your registration status in your country. Please include the registration number and what category you are registered under. If your country is not registered, please explain why.


Applications are only accepted from organisations with an annual income of $40,000 or less (see Guidance Notes for full details). What has been your organisation income for each of the past 3 financial years?

Financial year Organisation income


Average annual income across 3 years:


Please provide the following information:

The year your organisation was founded:
The number of staff in your organisation:
Full-time staff:
Part-time staff:
Volunteers who work regular for your organisation:
Do you have audited annual accounts?
Do you have a board of trustees?
Mission statement (if available)

Photos / videos

Please attach separately any photos of your peacebuilding work. Ideally these would be a photos of the project participants (the people who benefit from your work or who you work with), or an image of the work you are hoping to carry out.   Other acceptable images are photos of yourself or of your community.  Please include here any links to online videos of your work, if available.


Publicizing this information

If you are shortlisted for this competition, a profile of your work will be featured on our website (see Guidance notes). Please indicate if there is any part of the above information that is confidential and cannot be published publicly.


How did you hear about us?

How did you hear about this competition?

(Other:      )


Insight on Conflict

Insight on Conflict contains profiles of peacebuilding organisations around the world. We currently feature groups in 21 different conflict regions, and are expanding every year. If you would like your group listed on our site, please tick here:


Insight on Conflict publishes a monthly newletter featuring funding opportunities and the latest research in peacebuilding. If you would like receive the newsletter, please enter your email address here:



Please read the following Terms and Conditions of the Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders competition (‘Terms’). Please sign the form below. If you are emailing your application, then typing your full name in the signature line will be treated as your acknowledgement that you accept the Competition Terms.


By signing, you will be indicating that you have completely read and understood the Terms and agree to them. Without this signature, we cannot process your application.



Full Name of Applicant/Member:


Organisation name:

Job title:


Terms and conditions

Please read the following Terms and Conditions of the Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders competition (’Terms’). You will be asked to provide your signature (written or typed) at the bottom of the application form. By signing, you are indicating that you have completely read and understood the Terms and agree to them. Without this signature, we cannot process your application.

If you are emailing your application, then typing your full name in the signature line will be treated as your acknowledgement that you accept the Competition Terms.


  1. All information submitted in the application should be true to the best knowledge of the applicant and should represent the whole truth. Any information found to be false, partial or misleading may result in disqualification from the competition.
  2. Applications will not be accepted from current partner organisations of Peace Direct.
  3. Any organisations which submit winning applications must have a zero-tolerance approach to bribery and to support for terrorism, and accept Peace Direct’s policies in these areas.
  4. Peace Direct will undertake due diligence on any applications it is considering for shortlisting for the competition prize. This will include interviewing applicants by phone, contacting references provided by the applicants, and may include further background checks on organisations, including contacting references not stipulated on the application forms. The outcome of these checks will inform the decision of the competition jury.
  5. Entrants with senior employees with criminal records for fraud or financial mismanagement are excluded.
  6. After the jury select their provisional choice for winners, Peace Direct reserves the right to conduct further due diligence investigations on these organisations. The prizes will only be awarded after satisfactory completion of all due diligence checks.
  7. Winning the competition entitles the selected organisations to the competition prize. No further benefits are guaranteed.
  8. Competition winners may be considered as potential Peace Direct partners in the longer term. However, this will follow the standard criteria and policies that Peace Direct adopts for selecting any new partners. Separate criteria and further due diligence will be applied before Peace Direct accepts new partner organisations.


  1. Should an applicant be selected as a winner of the competition, they must commit to use the funding towards peacebuilding activities, or towards core organisational costs that strengthen their peacebuilding work, as outlined in their application. If it turns out that the applicant is not actually able to implement their activities as planned, they must agree to return the prize money to Peace Direct at the earliest convenient time.
  2. All Activities should be implementable and implemented with due respect to all national laws, rules and regulations.
  3. Activities should not compromise the safety or security of the applicant organisation and their employees or his/her family, colleagues or friends.
  4. All activities should not compromise the safety or security of any target group or their families.
  5. Action should not compromise the safety or security of any government officials or civil servants.
  6. The applicant organisation gives permission to Peace Direct to use information included in the application form as part of the promotional material for the Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders competition. If any information is confidential or not to be used publically, the applicant should make this clear in their application.


By agreeing to these Terms, the Applicant releases, waives and discharges Peace Direct, its agents, partners and employees from all liability to the Applicant, his/her personal representatives, heirs, and next of kin, for all loss or damage and any claims or demands thereof, including attorney fees, on account of injury to him/herself or his/her property, whether caused by the negligence of Peace Direct, its agents, partners and employees, or otherwise, which he/she may experience or sustain arising directly or indirectly out of his/her participation in the Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders competition.

By agreeing to these Terms, the Applicant indemnifies, defends and holds harmless Peace Direct, its agents, partners and employees and all persons, including but not limited to other participants and judges in the competition, from any and all claims and costs arising directly or indirectly out of any of his/her activities, acts and/or omissions, which are concerned with his/her participation in the Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders competition.


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