Theirworld Innovation Awards

Unlock Your Early Child Development innovation with Theirworld

Are you working on an innovative Early Child Development (ECD) project that focuses on education? Does your innovation targetearly years, and have you completed a successful pilot?

If so, Theirworld can help you take your project to the next level and unlock your potential.

Our Education Innovation Awards Cohort 3 will help interesting and exciting ECD programmes prepare to scale up and reach even more marginalised children. Open to non-profits, NGOs and charities, the Awards will help up to seven winners to build their skills and capacities through masterclasses, one-to-one mentoring and £50,000 grants.

Learn more about the awards:

Innovation, Investment, Inspiration


For 20 years Theirworld has been partnering with organisations to help every child have the best start in life, a safe place to learn and skills for the future.

We value collaboration and want to work with leaders, changemakers and innovators who have exciting projects to fuel this change.


Theirworld is awarding £50,000 scale-ready grants to seven organisations actively working towards reaching marginalised learners. Projects can come from any country.

The grants are designed to help cover the necessary scaleup costs, generate evidence and help push pilot projects forward.


Theirworld values education at all levels and wants to ensure that participating organisations learn from this Award.

We will offer an intensive masterclass programme and bespoke mentoring to the Awards winners, to help them build connections and hone the skills needed to scale up an innovation.

Benefits of the programme

What’s included:

  • Masterclasses
  • Bespoke mentoring
  • Scale-ready grant of £850,000

Innovation is key to ending the global education crisis. We need new ways to deliver education and to achieve Theirworld’s mission of unlocking big change.

Theirworld Chair, Sarah Brown

What previous winners have valued most:

Carving out time. Our programme will help you step outside the daily whirlwind, and take time to reflect and plan ahead, supported by high-quality technical experts and mentors.

Developing your team. The masterclasses and mentoring, and the tools that accompany them, will build your team’s knowledge and skills.

Investment. The scale-ready grant is designed to help you develop your pilot, invest in evaluation and complete other activities to prepare for scaleup.