Frequently Asked Questions

Some of the most crucial aspects of what you need to know to apply are outlined in the list of frequently asked questions (FAQs). Still curious? Read our blog post on How to be a Social Entrepreneur.

When will the next competition take place?

The MENA competition and the Global competition ended in October 2014 and we are delighted to be able to announce the winners here. We’ll keep our constituents updated with any other SEI information through our newsletter, website and social media channels.

In a nutshell, what are we looking for?

We seek people who tackle social problems. We are looking for social entrepreneurs from around the world to pitch new projects that fight corruption, or boost accountability or integrity on a local, national or international level.

Am I a social entrepreneur?

Social entrepreneurship is a hybrid term that can mean different things to many people. If you have idea that focuses on creating change for greater good, or have a positive effect on society, then yes you can consider yourself a social entrepreneur and are eligible to apply for this grant.

What type of projects are we looking for?

We’re looking for social projects that help increase transparency and in some way tackle corruption. Projects that have impact related to social, political, economic, service delivery or environmental issues. Think how will your project idea affect people’s lives or accelerate a cultural change. We seek projects.

Is there an age restriction?

Currently no. There was an under 35 years old age restrictions on the West Africa competition but that competition is now closed. You need to be over 18 years old to apply.

Can I seek support from an organisation?

Yes you can get support from an organisation, for example an NGO or academic institution pursuing a similar goal. Your project can be supported by this organisation, but the grant allocated can only contribute to your specific anti-corruption project. If you are receiving help from another organisation, tell us all about it in the online form.

Can organisations apply?

Organisations themselves are not eligible to apply but if there is a project carried out by an individual that your organisation is helping to support then that individual is eligible to apply. This should be made clear in the online form.

Can TI national chapters or national contact points apply?

We will not accept applications from people employed by Transparency International (TI), TI National Chapters or TI national contacts. However, we accept applications if you are a volunteer at a National Chapter. In this case, you should apply as an individual but your project can be linked to the Chapter or TI.

Already have funds secured?

If you have funding already, please be precise and let us know what percentage of the project costs are already secured, and what items this will fund.

What do I need to apply?

Generally you will need to do the following three things:

  1. Fill in the online form
  2. Complete and attach your Planning Template
  3. Complete and attach your Budget Template

However, you should refer to the individual competition requirements for more details.

Confidentiality and intellectual property: All information submitted in the selection process will remain confidential. If any of the information is found to be untrue, the candidate will be eliminated from the selection process.

If you have more specific questions related to the application process, please don’t hesitate to email [email protected]