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World Habitat

Awards for innovations in sustainable housing in themes that include energy saving, water conservation, waste management, and others that have environmental aspects

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World Habitat (formerly known as Building and Social Housing Foundation – BSHF) aims to end street homelessness. World Habitat promotes sustainable development and innovation in housing. World Habitat works in the UK and internationally to identify innovative housing solutions, and to foster the exchange of information and good practice.

Among its programs, World Habitat sponsors the international World Habitat Awards in the form of cash grants for projects that provide practical and innovative solutions to current housing needs and problems.

Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Natural Resources

World Habitat Awards. World Habitat defines the term “habitat” to include aspects such as energy saving, water conservation, use of natural materials, effective waste management, resilience to natural disasters, and other environmental aspects.

The competition for the awards is open to individuals and organizations of all types (e.g., government, academic, research, NGO, business, international agency) on a global basis.

Each year, an award of £10 thousand is presented to each of two winners. Usually, one winner represents a project in the global South, and the other a project in the global North.

About the Awards

APPLICATION: World Habitat presents the details of the eligibility criteria, application process; suggested topics for submission; and terms and conditions of the awards.

The selection of award winners is made through a two-stage process. From the applications in Stage I, ten projects are selected to provide more details for the final evaluation in Stage II.

Applications are submitted online according to an annual calendar deadline. > About how to apply

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The website of the World Habitat Awards is available in English, French, and Spanish.

Potential applicants should study previous winners and finalists to learn the kinds of projects that compete successfully for the World Habitat Awards.

The World Habitat Awards are announced at the annual United Nations global celebration of World Habitat Day (each October).

Contact information is available for individuals who have questions about the Awards.