Guardian Charity Awards 2012
The Guardian Charity Awards have opened and they seek to recognise and encourage charities making an outstanding and valuable contribution to social welfare in the community.
The Guardian Charity Awards 2012 are open to UK social welfare charities that can demonstrate excellence and achievement in what they do. Eligible charities must also have been registered in the UK for more than two years and have an annual income of between £5,000 and £1.5 million.
For 20 years, the Guardian have showcased excellence among small and medium-sized charities and given a much-needed boost to organisations struggling to get the profile and funding they need to move forward. Their entry criteria mean that the big names cannot exert their usual dominance.
"People sometimes ask what we mean by 'UK social welfare charities'. The short answer is any eligible registered charity that helps people in Britain and/or Northern Ireland. It can be nationwide or just at community level. It can have a strong environmental theme, or involve animals, but the key thing is that it must deliver clear benefit to people - adults or children - who are disadvantaged by poverty or disability or are marginalised in some other way. If you're not sure if you qualify, don't hesitate to ask."
David Brindle, public services editor, the Guardian
The winning charities will each be awarded:
- An equal share of the overall prize fund
- Free iPad courtesy of Jigsaw24
- One year's free NCVO membership
- A tailored package of support from the FSI including:
- A full Life Stage Assessment to determine the next priorities for your organisation's development,
- Up to 14 hours (2 days) bespoke mentoring support on your charity's identified development needs,
- Preferential free places on FSI training days and conferences,
- Access to preferential places on the FSI advice clinics,
- Access to fundraising opportunities and the FSI's full suite of small charity support.
- A personalised package of communications support from Media Trust
- An in-depth consultation on your training needs and one full day or two half days of expert media, marketing and comms topical training,
- A hand-picked match with at least one of our highly-skilled media volunteers to give you and your organisation one-to-one communications and marketing support and places on any of our speed matching events,
- A personalised consultation with a media expert on how best to get your stories picked up by the press locally, regionally and nationally.
How to apply
Complete the application form available from the website. No additional material should be sent with your entry initially.
A limit of three promotional items may be sent should your application be longlisted. The Guardian and its advisers may request additional information if necessary to meet the judges' criteria. All material is generally nonreturnable.
To complete the application form please visit the following link:
The Deadline for applications is 20 July 2012