The Action for Equity Award is an exciting new prize which aims to recognise and reward the crucial work being undertaken by civil organisations, campaign groups, and activists to combat inequalities around the world.

The Action for Equity Award also aims to extend the reach and impact of the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity programme , which supports dynamic emerging leaders from academia and the third sector, campaign or policy-making organisations to explore the causes of inequalities.

The prize will celebrate the excellent work which has been achieved by smaller teams and will provide £50,000 (or roughly 800,000 SAR) toward the winning organisation’s ongoing activities. Moreover, award winners will contribute to the Atlantic Fellows programme at LSE.


How to apply

Applications are now open for 2018. We are inviting applications from organisations based in South Africa. Applications have to be submitted online, by following the link below. Before applying, please check the eligibility criteria noted below.

Please note that all applicants must submit a reference from an independent organisation or individual. This can be from a third sector organisation, think tank, charity, business, policy maker, or campaign group that work closely with the applicant organisation.

Download a full list of questions


We are inviting applications from organisations who:

  • address the causes of inequality. Elements of the organisation may seek to address the consequences of inequality, or other issues, though the focus should be on addressing the causes.
  • deal with issues related to labour, employment, or associated issues.
  • have an annual operational budget of between £100k and £1m.
  • are based within South Africa (the majority of your activities should benefit people in South Africa).


31 March 2018 - Applications close

late April 2018 - The shortlist will be produced and a winner selected

14 June 2018 - Award will be presented at the III Annual Conference 2018

2017 Winner:

The Shannon Trust

The Shannon Trust, is an award-winning peer mentoring programme that encourages and supports prisoners who can read to give one-to-one support to prisoners who struggle to read. They want prisoners to leave prison equipped with the life skills they need to live as contributing members of society. Learning to read is the key which unlocks these life skills.



2017 Finalists:

Hope Into Action

An organisation based in Peterborough that encourages church congregations to buy housing, and then let it through Hope into Action to homeless people in the area. Additional support is provided to enable the tenant to progress to a position where they are able to support themselves. Their model is built on the belief that when people have a safe, secure home surrounded by loving, non-judgemental relationships they will find the strength and motivation to make positive life choices.


Participation and the Practice of Rights

Located in Belfast, PPR supports groups in challenging government policy, through action research projects, monitoring work and effective campaign techniques. PPR puts the power of human rights at the service of those who need it most. They support marginalised people to assert their rights in practical ways and make real social and economic change in their communities.