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How To Apply For the Together Towards Tomorrow Challenge ($25,000 grant)

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Are you ready to lead the change in your diaspora? Ashoka & HSBC have teamed up to launch the global innovation challenge, titled Together Towards Tomorrow Challenge, to help support changemakers like you around the world by offering funding, mentorship, and networking opportunities. 

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About the Together Towards Tomorrow Challenge.

If you provide a solution which can be classified under any of the specified categories, then this program is for you:

  • Enabling youth leadership for social impact. Solutions that enable young people to take charge, actively identifying their strengths and passions. With this self-awareness, they lead the charge in effecting positive change within their communities.
  • Promoting equitable intergenerational collaboration. Solutions that promote equity by fostering intergenerational social connections, mutual learning, and empathy, ensuring that young people have an equal opportunity to lead and effect change. This inclusive approach allows young people to access the collective wisdom and resources of all generations, amplifying their impact and sustaining their commitment to change-making.
  • Fostering agency in young people. Solutions that foster agency among youth by catalyzing them to take ownership of their ideas, actions, and impact. As a result, young individuals develop the confidence and autonomy needed to lead change-making efforts, ultimately becoming lifelong changemakers.

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Deadline & Timeline

The following details give you an overview of the Together Towards Tomorrow Challenge Program Timeline:

May 6th, 2024 – Challenge Launch

June 3rd, 2024 – Early Entry Deadline

July 1st, 2024 – Final Entry Deadline

October 3rd, 2024 – Finalist Announcement

November 21st, 2024 – Winners Announcement

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Benefits

All eligible applicants will receive:

  • Receive feedback from Ashoka and/or HSBC representatives.
  • Have a chance to connect with a community of changemakers through this challenge (by providing/receiving feedback, and meeting them through community events).

Early Entry Applicants will receive:

  • Those who get their application in by June 3rd,  2024 will have the chance to be selected as Early Entry Winners.
  • All Early Entry Applicants will receive feedback ahead of the final entry deadline.
  • 3 Early Entry Winners will be awarded $1,500 each  

Note: Being selected as an early entry winner does not mean that you will be selected as a final challenge winner. 

All semi-finalists and finalists will:

  • Get a chance to refine their applications based on feedback from Ashoka, HSBC, and their peers.
  • Have the opportunity to learn from Ashoka, HSBC, and its networks, and have additional learning opportunities as part of the journey.

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Winners Awards

The program seeks to ensure a diverse representation of our winners, covering as many focus areas, ages, and geographic regions as possible. 

Prizes Structure:  

  • Up to 12 winners will receive a minimum of $15,000 and up to $25,000.  
  • We will select a minimum of 3 winners at Early Stage (0-3 years since registration), and a minimum of 3 winners that are at an Established Stage (3+ years since registration).
  • The top winner in each of these two categories will receive a prize of $25,000.

Eligibility Criteria 

  1. To participate in the Together Towards Tomorrow Challenge, you must be residing and driving impact in the following countries: Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Nigeria, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Vietnam.
  1. Also, your leadership structure requires at least one member born in 1994 or later who has held a leadership position for at least 12 months. If your organization is less than one year old, at least one founding member must be born in or after 1994. 
  1. Bear in mind that all entries must be submitted in English, and an Applicant is not allowed to submit more than one application.
  1. All the employees of HSBC, advertising agencies, promotion agencies, and other service providers for this Challenge, as well as their immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling, regardless of where they reside), are not eligible. 
  2. Partners or past HSBC challenge winners or initiatives that are already financed or supported by HSBC, its affiliates, subsidiaries, or joint ventures are not eligible.

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Evaluation Criteria

Each of the below five criteria will be considered equally in the evaluation of each application. 

  1. Connection and Commitment: Your initiative engages deeply with your community whilst valuing the voices and servicing the needs of young people.  
  1. Activating Young Changemakers: Your venture enables young leaders to drive meaningful change and create a brighter future.  
  1. Impact: As a standard working practice, you measure the impact of your initiative whilst prioritizing continuous learning and skill development.  
  1. Innovation: Your venture actively pushes boundaries and explores new possibilities to address complex challenges.  
  1. Operational Viability: Your organization was created with a focused plan for secure long-term sustainability and adaptability in diverse local contexts. 

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How to Apply 

Take a bold step and apply today. CLICK HERE TO APPLY for the Together Towards Tomorrow Challenge. Remember, the Application closes on July 1st, 2024. Ts & Cs Apply!

We wish you all the best in your application!

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