Turkish Airlines in partnership with the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) invites applications for the UNAOC Turkish Airlines Sport for One Humanity Initiative in 2022.

Sport for One Humanity aims to select and support innovative sports-based projects implemented by civil society organizations that promote a culture of peace, mutual understanding and cooperation among diverse communities and cultures around the world.

The initiative will give priority to projects using and promoting sport as a tool for strengthening diversity and inclusiveness, education and empowerment of youth, empowerment of women and girls, inclusion of persons with disabilities and vulnerable groups and fostering peaceful and inclusive societies.


Worth of Award

  • Selected applicants will be provided with a comprehensive capacity-development program aimed at strengthening their effectiveness in their work.
  • The support program will consist of training through face-to-face workshops facilitated by experts. It will also address various topics of interest, and continued support through customized mentoring sessions, which will be delivered online.
  • Selected applicants will be invited to participate in a ceremony that will serve to increase their visibility, and raise awareness about the initiative. Furthermore, it will bring together influencers in sport, business and civil society.
  • During the ceremony, applicants will have the  opportunity to network with their peers and build connections with the international community. This includes organizations working on sport for development and peace.


Applying organizations must:

  • be registered as a not-for-profit organization (civil society organizations including non-governmental organizations, community- based organizations, foundations, associations, trusts, charities) with recognized legal status in the country where activities are implemented;
  • have been operational for a minimum period of one year on the date of application;
  • manage a project relevant for the sport for development and peace agenda;
  • be directly responsible for the implementation of the proposed activities.

Submitted projects must:

  • contribute to promoting intercultural dialogue, strengthening diversity and fostering inclusive societies through sport;
  • have sufficient funding and resources for successful implementation of all activities;
  • be committed to diversity, equity and inclusion objectives when engaging with target groups;
  • be led by a project coordinator, who is an employee of the applying organization from the start of the project.

The shortlisted applicants will be evaluated against a set of criteria. These include three main categories:


The project

  • contributes to the objective of promoting intercultural dialogue, strengthening diversity and fostering inclusive societies through sport;
  • contributes to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs.);
  • is based on relevant and adequate analysis of the challenges and needs of the target groups;
  • and its objectives are clearly defined, realistic and address issues relevant to the target groups;
  • has a clear diversity, equity and inclusion approach and ensures gender balance among project participants.



  • applicant demonstrates his/her expertise and ability to organize, coordinate and implement the various aspects of the proposed activities;
  • activities using sport as a tool to create positive social change are appropriate, practical and consistent with the objectives and expected results;
  • project budget is accurate, consistent between project objectives, methodology, activities and feasible;
  • composition of the project team involves an appropriate mix of experiences and expertise.Similarly, the allocation of roles is appropriate for successful delivery of activities and results.
  • Sustainability of the proposed activities (the extent to which the activities will be carried out after the end of the project);
  • Number and diversity of participants involved in and benefiting from the project’s activities;
  • The quality of measures aimed at disseminating the outcomes of the project with the stakeholders and the wider public;
  • The quality of the M&E tools and process is considered and clearly demonstrated.

How to Apply 

To access the application form, simply click here.

Deadline: The call for applications will run till May 23, 2022.


Click here for more details and to apply