June 28, 2019
Following the close of entries to the general Beyond Sport Global Award categories, the Beyond Sport Foundation is excited to launch a new initiative to drive collaboration between multiple organizations to exponentially increase their ability to drive social change on a single Global Goal.
Together with our partners, we are launching two Collective Impact Awards, which will see increased support and investment go to a group of organizations to work together to share best practice, work through issues in real time, and drive real, sustainable impact through sport.
These two programs are:
- The Sport for Reduced Inequalities Collective Impact Award Supported by the Dick's Sporting Goods Foundation
- The Sport for Climate Action Collective Impact Award Supported by the Swedish Postcode Foundation
The Collective Impact Awards will mark the largest investment in single issue areas from the Beyond Sport Foundation to date, with grants totalling over $450,000 for the two Awards.
Over the course of 12 months, the dual cutting-edge programs will enable selected organizations to benefit from each other’s individual expertise, increase monitoring and evaluation capacity and allow the groups to work through problems together in real time.
Data collected from the program will be published in two comprehensive reports summarizing the findings of the project to accelerate best practice on leveraging sport to address their respective Global Goals: #10 Reduced Inequalities and #13 Climate Action.
This approach is an innovative and collaborative way to ensure that funds are being leveraged in the most impactful manner possible.
“We have been working hard to develop ways the Beyond Sport Global Awards can further support the sport and social change movement through innovation and collaboration,” said Alexandra Chalat, Managing Director, Beyond Sport.
“This Collective Impact initiative is a result of our efforts to provide the best ways hard-working organizations in our sector can grow and make strides toward using sport to achieve the Global Goals. We are thrilled that both the DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation and the Swedish Postcode Foundation share that vision for what we believe to be a truly cutting-edge initiative.”
The Award winners will be celebrated at the 2019 Beyond Sport Global Awards, an annual recognition of sport’s role in driving positive change around the world hosted by LEGENDS at One World Observatory on September 12 in New York. Shortlisted organizations will receive travel, accommodation and access to a series of “Beyond Sport House presented by SAP” events taking place September 11 – 13 ahead of the UN General Assembly.
In addition to grant funding, the groups will receive a comprehensive business support package to help them develop in areas of fundraising, monitoring and evaluation, social media and legal expertise via Beyond Sport’s partners at TrustLaw, Upshot and GivenGain.
The applications for both the Sport for Reduced Inequalities Collective Impact Award supported by The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation and the Sport for Climate Action Collective Impact Award supported by the Swedish Postcode Foundation are open now through July 24 at beyondsport.org/awards.