Get up to £100,000 in Prizes for Innovative Refugee or Displaced People Projects in the Ockenden International Prizes 2022

Are you a non-profit organization involved in projects that promote self reliance among refugees and/or displaced people?

Apply for the Ockenden International Prizes to win up to £100,000 in prizes.


Application Deadline: November 30 2021


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  • The four winning organizations will each receive GBP25,000.


Submissions are sought from:

  • non-profit organisations, which can enter their own projects or alternatively nominate projects managed by non-profit partners or affiliated organisations.
  •  Projects can be led by – or have a high level of participation from – the project beneficiaries themselves.
  • Prizes would be awarded to projects that promote self reliance among refugees and/or displaced people.

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Application Instructions

Entry Rules

The project should be the entire focus of the entry. All entries should be made via the online Entry Form. All entries – and supporting documentation, including financials and accounts – must be in English. If you do not have access or a stable connection to the Internet and/or would like a hardcopy,  download the .pdf version of the Entry Form, fill in block letters, print, and post it to the address below to be received no later than Tuesday the 30th of November, 2021.

  • Organisations may submit one entry only in each prize year.  Unsuccessful organisations are welcome to reapply in future years.
  • Previous winners are ineligible for three years.
  • The project must benefit refugees and/or displaced people with a strong emphasis on promoting self-reliance. The primary focus of the project must be helping refugees and/or displaced people in need, rather than this being an ancillary benefit.
  • The organisation must be able to show that the project has been effective with measurable evidence of positive outcomes.
  • The project entered must be up and running before the 1st of March 2021.
  • Entrants must include a copy of the organisation’s latest audited accounts with their application. Where audited accounts are not available, entrants will have to provide other evidence of sound financial governance.
  • Organisations must have high standards of financial and administrative governance.
  • During the short-listing process, entrants may be asked to provide references or other evidence of the project and their financial and administrative governance. This may include due diligence on bank accounts nominated by entrants for the receipt of prize money.
  • All short-listed entrant referees will be asked to provide references and any other evidence related to the organisation’s entered or nominated project.
  • The two nominated referees required by all entrants must be third-party, relevant external observers.
  • Prize money will only be paid to a bank account held in the organisation’s name. In no circumstances will prize money be paid to a personal bank account. Ockenden International will not be responsible for any bank or transfer fees.
  • Prize money must only be used to help refugees and/or displaced persons in need and Ockenden International is required to ensure that prize money is used by a winning organisation for charitable purposes. It is anticipated that, in general, prize money will be used to continue or expand the project referred to in the entry or for a similar future project run by the organisation.
  • Prize winners will be required to provide information to Ockenden International about the projects and the use of prize money which Ockenden International will share on its website and in other communications.
  • The jury’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • By submitting an entry, the organisation entering the Ockenden International Prizes agrees to be bound by these Rules.

Entries by Post

For organisations lacking stable access to the Internet, postal entries will be considered. If required, download the .pdf version of the Entry Form, complete the form in block letters, print and and mail it, along with the requested documentation, by the closing date, to:

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About the the Ockenden International Prizes 2022

Ockenden International, renowned for its work for and with refugees for more than 70 years, has launched its 10th annual competition to find and reward the most effective self-reliance projects for refugees and/or displaced people.

The GBP100,000 prize money will be shared equally by four winners – to be announced by the end of March 2022 – who will each receive GBP25,000 to extend their projects and programmes.

The cash prizes recognize and reward groundbreaking work that advances self-reliance among refugees and/or displaced people anywhere in the world – a distinguishing feature of Ockenden International and its predecessor, Ockenden Venture, since 1951.

Prizes will be awarded to projects that promote self-reliance among refugees and/or displaced people. ‘Self-reliance’ is understood broadly and may be furthered by projects promoting education, providing legal assistance, or developing life skills and by any other programmes that help displaced people build stable, independent lives.

The entries will be judged by a panel of experts who will be looking for highly effective projects that have led to real change in people’s lives, with measurable evidence of outcomes, as explained in the Entry Rules and Judging Criteria. The three-month deadline for entries is midnight (GMT) on Tuesday, November 30, 2021, with the four winners to be announced by March 31, 2022.

The Ockenden International Prizes remain focused on identifying solutions to the challenges faced by displaced people, raising awareness of their needs, and rewarding outstanding projects.

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Key Dates and Order of Program

The deadline for entering the 2022 Ockenden International Prizes, to be launched on September 1, 2021, is midnight (GMT) on Tuesday the 30th of November 2021. The winners will be announced by the 31st of March 2022.

Judging Criteria

The judges will, in particular, look for:

  • Projects that promote self-reliance among refugees and/or displaced people. These may be projects that are led by or have a high level of participation from displaced people themselves; projects providing education, legal assistance and/or livelihood assistance; or any other programmes that help refugees and/or displaced people build stable, independent lives.
  • Projects that have proved to be highly effective in improving the lives of refugees and/or displaced people.
  • Projects that have led to real change in the lives of refugees and/or displaced people.
  • Effective initiatives, with measurable evidence of outcomes.
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