Important Dates

Make sure you don't miss any important milestones and deadlines!

Submissions OpenWednesday, May 18th
Submissions CloseWednesday, July 13th
Judging BeginsMonday, July 18th
Judging EndsFriday, August 12th
Finalists AnnouncedTuesday, September 20th
Online Celebration and Winner AnnouncementTuesday, November 15th

Awards Program Resources

Submit the perfect entry with these important resources!


The 2022 OIA Entry Kit provides prospective nominees with all of the information they need to submit a winning entry.

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The 2022 OIA Rules and Regulations provide all of the critical background information needed to understand how the awards process works.

View Rules Document


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2022 .ORG Impact Awards FAQ

The .ORG Impact Awards is a global awards program hosted by the Public Interest Registry to recognize and celebrate individuals and organizations that have a connection to a registered .ORG domain for their contributions, achievements, and impact they have made in their communities.

The .ORG Impact Awards is open only to individuals who are at least 18 years old and have permission to nominate the individual or entity that uses or has a connection to the .ORG domain. Employees of Public Interest Registry and any of its parent and affiliate companies, as well as the immediate family and household members of each such employee, are not eligible to nominate individuals or entities or be considered as a nominee for any award. For more on eligibility please see the official rules for more details.

Yes, you can nominate an individual who is less than 18 years old with their permission. However, if a nominee less than 18 years of age qualifies as a finalist they will be required to complete a consent form signed by their parent or legal guardian.

The .ORG Impact Awards is a global program subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations, and is void where prohibited. For this reason, eligibility varies and participation is not available in some countries. For more on eligibility per country, please see Section 1 of the official rules for more details.

Visit and follow the links and instructions to complete and submit the online form. For official eligibility criteria and rules of the .ORG Impact Awards program, as well as submission requirements, deadlines, and judging information, please download the .ORG Impact Awards Entry Kit.

There is not an official limit to the number of entries a single person can submit. A nominator may submit nominations for all categories; however, each submission must be unique. The sponsor reserves the right to modify the award category selected as necessary if it believes that the content of the nomination fits better in a different award category.

Activities highlighted in your submission must have occurred between May 1, 2021 and May 1, 2022. If an activity began before May 1, 2021 or extends beyond May 1, 2022, it will be eligible so long as some meaningful actions occurred between the two dates.

Yes; written responses are required for each award category. There is a 500-word limit for each question.

Yes; nominations may be featured in various .ORG digital platforms throughout the year, including articles, videos, social posts, and more. Please see the official rules for more details on the use of submissions and publicity.

After the end of the nomination period, all entries will be vetted by a Review Panel and 10 entries will be selected to move to a judging phase where a panel of qualified judges determined by Public Interest Registry will score each submission against the judging criteria outlined in the program’s official rules. Based on the award categories there is a slightly different set of criteria for various awards. Please see Section 7 of the official rules for more details on the judging criteria.

Winners will be announced publicly online during the 2022 ORG Impact Awards event, which will occur on Tuesday, November 15, 2022. Both winners and finalists will be notified on or about September 1, 2022 so that digital and video content featuring them can be produced for the online event.

Winners will receive a custom award and the ability to select a non-profit or NGO organization of their choice to receive up to a $45,000 contribution (depending on the award category). Nonprofit entrants are welcome to select their own nonprofit as the beneficiary of that donation. Individuals, for-profits and community groups are welcome to select any nonprofit they believe in to receive the donation. Public Interest Registry reserves the right to approve any charitable donations.

.ORG of the Year – $35,000 USD

All Other Category Winners – $10,000 USD

More importantly, we hope recognition through the .ORG Impact Awards will help raise the profile of your .ORG and provide additional validation to your programs. Additionally, winners will have the opportunity to:

  1. Be featured extensively online during the .ORG Impact Awards online event in November 2022;
  2. Use a dedicated .ORG Impact Awards logo mark in promotional materials;
  3. Be featured in various .ORG digital platforms throughout the year, including articles, videos, social posts, and more.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the OIAs has moved from a traditional in-person celebration event to a 100% online event conducted live on Tuesday, November 15th.

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About Public Interest Registry

Based in Reston, Virginia, Public Interest Registry is a not-forprofit organization created by the Internet Society (ISOC), originally to manage the .ORG domain. Not only do we operate and manage the .ORG domain, but we are also very active participants with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), and within the global domain community.

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