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What is the Global Pluralism Award?

The Global Pluralism Award is a program that aims to recognize individuals, businesses, organizations, and governments who are tackling the challenge of living peacefully and productively with diversity. Beyond public recognition and a monetary prize, the Award aims to raise the profile of pluralism champions globally, inspire action and motivate a broader community to innovate in their respective fields of practice.

Who manages the Award?

The Award is an initiative of the Global Centre for Pluralism, an international research and education centre located in Ottawa, Canada. The Award is managed by a dedicated secretariat based in the Centre’s office in Ottawa.

Why was the Award started?

The Award was born out of the reality that building inclusive societies requires great effort but often comes with little recognition or support. The Centre wants to support the examples of “pluralism in action,” not only by providing financial support, but also by showcasing and sharing their work with a global audience.

How often is it awarded?

The Award is presented to three recipients once every two years.

When will the award winners be announced?

The first cohort of award winners were announced in September 2017. The Award was presented to three award winners in Fall 2017 in Ottawa, Canada.

How can the award winners use the financial support?

Three award winners will be given $50,000 each to further their work in support of pluralism. Award funds must be used for non-profit activities. Award winners will be required to submit a budget with the proposed way in which the funds will be used.

How is the financial support given to me or my organization?

The Centre will enter into an agreement with each of the three award winners. The funds will be disbursed in two installments. Reporting on the use of the funds will be required in accordance with Canada Revenue Agency policies governing charities and the Income Tax Act.

Who is eligible?

Individuals and institutions (public, private and civil society) are eligible for the Award. You can find a detailed list of eligible nominees here.

Which countries are eligible?

As a global Award, we welcome nominations from any country around the world, both developing and developed countries.

How are the award winners determined?

An independent international jury of experts will evaluate submissions using three main criteria: impact, innovation and authenticity.

Can I submit my nomination again in 2019?

Yes. If you did not receive the Award in 2017, we encourage you to resubmit your nomination for the 2019 Award. In order to do so, you can log in to your existing profile, update it and resubmit it.


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