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The Community Chest Impumelelo Social Innovation Awards (CCISIA) programme is a progressive African development award programme, which is hosted annually by the Community Chest. The CCISIA programme aims to reward socially innovative projects, emerging from both public, private and non-profit sectors. Through this Awards Ceremony, we celebrate and honour creative and innovative social change agents.
The Awards create a platform for shared learning and scaling up of impactful innovations, through a holistic approach encompassing thought leadership, mentorship and coaching, monitoring, evaluation and learning, strategic investment and pragmatic master classes.
Applicants are invited to pre-apply to the awards programme, presenting innovative projects in various developmental sectors including, but not limited to; health, education, infrastructure and housing, income generation, social entrepreneurship, environment and conservation, arts and culture, and community development.
Those who are deemed compliant in terms of the Community Chest due diligence process will be invited to apply for the programme and go on to be evaluated further. Successful applicants will be exposed to a rigorous and independent evaluation and adjudication process, culminating in the CCISIA Awards Ceremony.
Award winners can benefit from exclusive networking opportunities with funders and project partners. The programme regularly submits the work of its award winners to the UN Public Service Awards and the Dubai International Awards for Best Practice, and 21 of its projects have won international awards.
All applicants will also have the opportunity to participate in one or more of Community Chest’s existing programmes, focused on organisational capacitation and project incubation.