The Excellence Prize was created because BrazilFoundation understood the importance of strengthening the technical and operational capacity of civil society organizations, and at the same time, because it recognized the absence of financial resources allocated toward this kind of institutional support. Thus, to fill this financial gap, the Foundation will award single grants of R$ 120,000 for two years to five organizations that have received grants in the past. The resources for this award were obtained through a donation aimed specifically at promoting the institutional development of civil society organizations.

Twenty-seven exemplary organizations were invited to apply, and each submitted an application outlining first its present organizational structure and then explaining how the prize would allow the organization to develop and meet its long-term goals. See the winners below:

Associação das Mulheres de Nazaré da Mata (AMUNAM)

Nazaré da Mata, Pernambuco
www.amunam.org.br

Associação Vidança Cia. de Dança do Ceará
Fortaleza, Ceará

www.vidanca.org

Fundação Brasil Cidadão para Educação, Cultura e Tecnologia

Icapuí, Ceará
www.brasilcidadao.org.br

Instituto Coração de Estudante

Pentecoste, Ceará

www.prece.ufc.br

Projeto Quixote

São Paulo, São Paulo

www.projetoquixote.org.br