Assessment and judging process

Initial entry is by submission of a completed entry form available on the Finance for the Future website. Entries are open from 26 March to 31 May 2019. The form must be downloaded as a Word document and submitted by email to There is a word limit for each of the questions and the application needs to be written in English.

Each entry is assessed through a three-staged process:

Assessment & judging process

Stage 1: Due diligence 

Once we’ve received your completed entry form, it will go through a due diligence process, where we will check that the information meets the award criteria. We will also check the three years of financial statements that you are required to send with your entry. If your organisation is less than three years old, we would need the relevant documents since its creation. Financial statements are not initially required for individuals applying in the driving change through education, training and academia category, but you may be asked to submit supporting documentation for your entry. Please get in touch if you are unsure which category to apply for. 

If your application does not demonstrate that you have met the award criteria, you may be eliminated from further stages in the assessment and judging processes. 

Stage 2: Assessment meeting

Once your application has successfully passed the due diligence process, we will organise an assessment meeting with up to three members of the awards assessment team. This meeting will be approximately one hour in length and will be an opportunity for the assessors to gain a deeper understanding of your initiative and talk to the key participants (including members of the finance team) involved in the project. You will not be required to prepare a formal presentation at this stage.   

The assessment meetings will take place via audio or video conference calls on set dates between Wednesday 5 June and Friday 12 July 2019. 

The finalists for the 2019 awards will be announced in early August.

Stage 3: Judging day

We will invite finalists to give a formal presentation to a panel of judges in London on Friday 6 September. International finalists unable to travel to London will be invited to present via video conference call.

Winners' announcement

Awards finalists are entitled to two complimentary places to attend the invitation-only awards ceremony. Winners will be announced at the evening event in London on Thursday 10 October