The 2019 Grassroots Justice Prize competition: Celebrating Great Deeds in Legal Empowerment

The biennial Grassroots Justice Prize competition is the world’s only competition recognizing grassroots organizations and institutions, large and small, across the globe, that are working to put the power of law into people’s hands. The competition will honor the work of non-profits, social enterprises, and public institutions that have demonstrated remarkable innovation, impact, and/or sustainability in their legal empowerment work.

Legal empowerment is about helping people to know, use, and shape the laws that affect them. Eligible projects might use a community paralegal approach to address gender-based violence or may provide legal education on citizenship rights. The key is that they are using legal empowerment to help people overcome injustice in any of its varied forms.

This year, 3 prizes of $10,000 USD are available.

The deadline to apply is Friday, March 8th at 23:59 GMT.


The 2019 Grassroots Justice Prize competition is open to non-profit organizations, social enterprises, and public institutions from all around the world.

Organizations that partner directly with Namati are not eligible for the prize.


Each of the three winners of the 2019 competition will receive $10,000 USD cash and will be honored at a ceremony during the U.N High-Level Political Forum in New York, all expenses paid. The event will take place in mid-July 2019.

Please note that if a representative of the winning organization cannot attend the event in New York for any reason, the trip will be forfeited. No cash or travel voucher will be provided in lieu of the trip nor will a change of dates be permitted. However, the organization will still receive the $10,000 USD cash prize.


Complete and submit the online application form by Friday, March 8th at 23:59 GMT.

Note: Nominations must be received no later than Friday, February 22nd. The organization will then have until the March 8th deadline to complete their application.

Nominations must be received by Friday, February 22nd.


The 2019 Grassroots Justice Prize judging panel will select the winners of the three main $10,000 USD prizes. The winners will be publicly announced in July 2019.

The judges will create a shortlist of applicants for a fourth prize of a yet-undetermined amount. The winner of this prize will be decided by a public vote, to be held in April-May 2019.

For full conditions and rules for the 2019 Grassroots Justice Prize, click here.


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