Do Something Awards

Deadline: April 15, 2013

The Do Something awards are the premier award show for young people, 25 and under, who are creating change. is devoted to the funding of young social entrepreneurs. Their grant program, The Do Something Awards, identifies exceptional young social entrepreneurs, activists, and community leaders who have a significant social impact. Nominees and winners are the pivotal “do-ers” in their fields and causes. For this year’s awards up to five finalists will be selected and rewarded with a $10,000 community grant, participation in the third Do Something Awards TV show on VH1, media coverage, and continued support from Of those five finalists, one will be selected to win the Grand Prize, a $100,000 grant.

The Award

  • 5 finalists: Each finalist will receive a $10,000 community grant
  • 1 Grand Prize winner: Will recieve a $100,000 community grant

Key Dates

  • February 1: Application opens
  • April 15: Deadline to apply
  • June 7: Semi-Finalists are notified
  • June 4-6th: In person interviews in NYC. In order to apply, you must be available to come to New York over these dates
  • late August: Do Something Awards on VH1

The Selection Process

Do Something Award applications are reviewed and judged by the Do Something Award Academy (comprised of former winners) and Do Something Awards team (comprised of Do Something staff) who read through every application and select semi-finalists. The Do Something Award finalists are flown to New York City, where representatives from the Do Something Award Selection Committee (comprised of key not-for-profit and corporate professionals) and the Academy interview the finalists face-to-face. The semi-finalists are narrowed down to five Do Something Award finalists who will be honored in late August and receive a minimum of $10,000 in community grants and scholarships. Of those five winners, one will be selected as the grand prize Do Something Award winner and receive a total of $100,000 in community grants.

Applicants must be 25 or younger (born on or after 9/1/87) and be a US or Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

The Do Something Award community grant money is paid directly to the nominee’s organization or the not-for-profit of the nominee’s choice. All winners have the option of receiving $5,000 of the total money awarded in the form of an educational scholarship.

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