Changemakers’ Competition for NGOs

Ashoka’s Changemakers, in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is launching the “Rethinking Mental Health:

Improving Community Wellbeing” competition in order to explore innovations that allow individuals, families, communities, and society to move past narrow perceptions of mental health and expand our understanding and collective involvement in finding solutions.


  • The competition is open to all types of organizations (charitable organizations, private companies, or public entities) from all countries.

    The competition consider all entries that:

  • Reflect the theme of the competition: “Rethinking Mental Health: Improving Community Wellbeing.”
  • Entries will demonstrate system-changing solutions that boldly move past narrow perceptions of mental health to expand our understanding and our collective involvement.
  • Indicate growth beyond the stage of idea, concept, or research.
  • At a minimum, entries should be at the demonstration stage and indicate success.
  • While we support new ideas at every stage and encourage their entry, the judges are only able to evaluate programs that are beyond the conceptual stage, and have demonstrated a proof of impact, even at small scale.
  • Are submitted in English, Spanish, French or Portuguese.


  • Early Entry Prize: The best entry submitted by September 2, will win a digital camera and a camcorder. Being an Early Entry Prize winner does not preclude you from winning the competition in any way, or guarantee finalist status—all entries will be equally evaluated per the Changemakers criteria at the completion of the entry period.
  • Competition Winners: The top three entries will win USD $5000 each.

    After the judges select the 10-15 finalists from the entire competition, the Changemakers online community will vote for 3 winners from among the finalists.

    Deadline: 14th October

    For more information and application, visit: Changemakers’ Competition for NGOs Website

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