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Awards Process & Package

Since 2015, the With and For Girls Collective has run a global awards initiative to recognise and reward outstanding girl-centred and girl-led grassroots organisations working on the front line to create a world where girls' rights and well-being are recognised, respected and realised.

The awards do not focus on a particular theme, but are open to grassroots organisations working on a range of development outcomes – from health and education to challenging negative attitudes towards girls in their schools, families and communities.

Critically, this work must be done either by girls organising themselves or in close partnership with girls, ensuring that girls are not only receiving the support that they need to realise their rights but are active participants in the design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of an organisation’s work.

To date, we have awarded 60 winners across 41 countries.


Awards are open to all countries and made in five regions:

  • Asia and the Pacific
  • ​Europe and Central Asia
  • The American Continent and the Caribbean
  • The Middle-East and North Africa
  • Sub-Saharan Africa

Award Categories & Package

To ensure we are awarding a range of civil society organisations, and to include younger, emerging organisations, we provide two categories of awards:

  • Recipient organisations with current annual organisational budgets between US$20,000-US$100,000 will receive US$15,000 of flexible funding.
  • Recipient organisations with current annual organisational budgets between US$100,000-US$500,000 will receive US$50,000 of flexible funding.

The Award package also includes profile raising and capacity building support, as well as access to a community of practice formed of fellow With and For Girls Award winners.

In 2017 the With and For Girls Collective plans to award up to another 20 organisations – 10 in each of the two categories.

Selection Process & Timeline

The Collective uses a ‘proactive sourcing’ method rather than an open invitation to identify award candidates. We work with a network of expert referral partners in each region to identify eligible applicants. Eligible applicants are any not-for-profit grassroots group with an annual income between US$20,000 and $500,000 and whose mandate and work focus on adolescent girls. Organisations also need to have been operating for a minimum of 3 years. Applications do not need to be registered to be eligible but would instead need to have a fiscal sponsor.

Please note there is no option to submit unsolicited applications. However, if you would like to become a referral partner for the Girls Award please contact us at

We invite between 100 to 200 organisations to apply to the Awards. Applicant organisations go through a two stage-selection process which assesses them against the following five key criteria:

  1. Has the organisation demonstrated that it is girl-centered?
  2. Has the organisation demonstrated that it is grassroots?
  3. Has the organisation demonstrated girl leadership?
  4. Has the organisation demonstrated that it delivers quality progammes?
  5. Has the organisation demonstrated that it has strong institutional systems?

A group of adolescent girls also provides meaningful input throughout the selection process.

January - February:  

Nomination of eligible organisations by referral partners


Applicants are invited to submit an Expression of Interest

April - May:

Applications are assessed and scored by the Collective

June - August:

Applicants submit a visual application and are interviewed by regional panels of adolescent girls who select 20 winners


Award Winners are announced and invited to attend an Award Ceremony and workshops with other winners


Girl Panels

The final stage of the application process is conducted through girl-led judging panels, giving girls final decision-making power over the choice of winners. The inclusion of girls on the judging panel is in line with the Collective's core belief in girl participation.

The shortlisted organisations are interviewed by a panel of approximately four girls, between 16 and 19 year old and two expert adults. In total five panels will take place, one per region. Each panel will select up to two larger and two smaller organisations for an award, totalling up to 20 winners.

Read more about the 2016 girl-led judging panels


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