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Fred Morgan Kirby Prize for Scaling Social Impact

Award to a USA, Canada or International Nonprofit or For-Profit
to Recognize and Support Work Addressing Social Issues

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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F. M. Kirby Foundation (FMKF) and Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE)

LOI Date:


Deadline Date:

10/08/21 11:59 PM EST


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Award to a USA, Canada, or International nonprofit or for-profit organization that is addressing environmental and social issues. Applicants are required to submit a preliminary application prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended to support and increase the global impact of the enterprise. This honor is bestowed upon an outstanding social enterprise that demonstrates exemplary leadership, encourages self-reliance, has a demonstrated record of effectiveness, and is poised for significant scaled impact in the next 3-5 years.

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GrantWatch ID#: 191876

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Global prize of $100,000 USD in unrestricted funds.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The F. M. Kirby Impact Prize is open to all impact enterprises (nonprofit, for-profit, or hybrid), working anywhere in the world, that have the following:
- Strong evidence of impact over at least 3 years and a thoughtful plan for how to use the prize to scale that impact in the next 3-5 years.
- Minimum operating budget of at least $250,000 (USD). The strongest applicants will likely have an annual operating budget between $1-3 million (USD).
- Robust, formal non-discrimination policy that protects against discrimination on the basis of marginalized identities. Marginalized identities may include, but are not limited to race, ethnicity, religion, caste, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, and disability.
- Exemplary leadership that aligns with the core values of Fred Morgan Kirby, including integrity, resourcefulness, resilience, meaningful collaboration, and diversity.

Pre-Application Information:

CASE will review up to the first 250 applications.

2021-2022 Selection Timeline:
- June 16 – Virtual Information Session (see recording, below)
- July 16 – Application Portal Opens.
- August 20 at 11:59 PM EDT – Application Part 1 deadline; There are no exceptions to this deadline. CASE will review up to the first 250 applications.
- July 16 – September 10 – Application Part 1 Review by Kirby Impact Prize Selection Committee, which is comprised of CASE faculty, staff, and selected advisors.
- September 10 – Selected applicants invited to submit Part 2 of the application
- October 8 at 11:59 PM EST – Application Part 2 deadline.
- November 12 – Semi-Finalists notified.
- November 18 – November 29 – Semi-finalists participate in virtual, 30-minute interviews with 2 Selection Committee Members.
- December 2 – Finalists notified.
- December 6 – December 15 – Finalists participate in virtual, 90-minute interviews with the full Selection Committee.
- January 28 – F. M. Kirby Impact Prize winner notified
- February 2022 (Date TBD) – F. M. Kirby Impact Prize winner publicly announced at the Fuqua Sustainable Business & Social Impact Conference

Application Process:
1. Complete the eligibility questionnaire.
2. Create an account to apply.
3. Submit any questions you have about the application process to the CASE team.
4. Review answers to Frequently Asked Questions. Review the complete list of application questions.
5. Submit part one of your application during the initial application window: July 16 – August 20, 2021. Application Part 1 requires an organizational overview deck (in PDF format) that addresses the requested prompts.

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June 16 Virtual Information Session recording:

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For additional links, see URL for Full Text (RFP).

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.

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