Commonwealth Youth Awards for Excellence 2022 by Commonwealth Youth Programme: Submit your Entries by Oct 17

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Entries are invited for the Commonwealth Youth Awards for Excellence for 2022, organized by the Commonwealth Youth Programme.

About Commonwealth Youth Programme

The Commonwealth Secretariat’s youth development work is delivered through the Commonwealth Youth Programme, which has been supporting member countries for over 40 years.

It is involved in

  • Engaging and recognising young people
  • Supporting member governments
  • Professionalising youth work

About the Commonwealth Youth Awards

Organised and delivered by the Commonwealth Youth Programme, the Commonwealth Youth Awards for Excellence in Development Work aims to recognise and celebrate young people (aged 15 – 29) in the Commonwealth who are spearheading impactful, sustainable development work in their communities.

To mark the celebration next year of the Platinum Jubilee of the Head of the Commonwealth, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust (QCT) has joined as a partner to offer a special award prize to an eligible, selected applicant.


  • Highlight the contributions young people are making to development work in the Commonwealth, particularly through the Sustainable Development Goals;
  • Create an environment which will encourage and sustain investments in youth-led development;
  • Illustrate the depth and breadth of talent, commitment and creativity that exists among young people across the Commonwealth; and
  • Motivate, encourage and challenge young people to set high standards for their work/service at community, national, regional or international levels.

Nomination Requirements

  • The nominee must have been engaged in development work for more than 12 months, either in a professional or voluntary capacity;
  • The nominee must be a Commonwealth citizen and the development work must be taking place in a Commonwealth member country;
  • The nominee should not be older than 29 years of age on 31 December 2021; and
  • Individuals can nominate themselves or be nominated by someone who can accurately describe their development work.

To be eligible for the QCT prizes, applicants must also meet the following additional criteria:

  • be aged 18 to 29 years old on 31 December 2021; and
  • be the founder or co-founder of a social enterprise.

Evaluation Criteria for the Awards

  1. Level of impact;
  2. Level of innovation/fresh approaches to problem solving;
  3. Quality of achievement;
  4. Quality of the evidence provided; and
  5. Sustainability.

Awards Process

There will be four finalists for each Commonwealth region with the top entries receiving the Regional Winner Award.

  • Top Regional Winner: The Pan-Commonwealth Award and be named the Commonwealth Young Person of the Year 2022.
  • 20 Regional Finalists: Each will receive a £1,000 grant, a trophy and a certificate.
  • 5 Regional Winners: Will receive an additional £2,000 (a total of £3,000) a trophy and a certificate.
  • Pan-Commonwealth Winner: An additional £2,000 (a total of £5,000) a trophy and a certificate.

The selected winner of the QCT prizes will receive 2 years of flexible funding at £20,000 a year, as well as coaching opportunities and organisational development support.

Winners will be officially announced during Commonwealth Week in March 2022.

How to Submit your Entries?

  1. Register an account.
  2. Start your entry (you can save it in-progress until you are ready to submit).
  3. Submit your entry to be in the running (once you have submitted, you will not be able to edit your entry).

Entry Deadline

October 17, 2021 at 23:59 HRS BST/October 18 2021 at 4:29 AM IST

Contact Information

If you have any queries, please contact

Click here to register for the Commonwealth Youth Awards.

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