Top five reasons to apply to the Weston Charity Awards

Posted 08 Jan 2018 | Blog | Change Management | Funding | Growth & Sustainability | Weston Charity Awards

The Weston Charity Awards enable charities working in the fields of Welfare, Youth and Community in the Midlands, the North of England and Wales to become more sustainable and face the future with greater confidence. Sound a good fit for your charity? Here are the top five reasons you will not want to miss out on applying: 

1. Applying is easy

You just need to answer four simple questions and you could be one of the twenty award winners, it’s that simple. The questions include a brief description of your charity's main services and beneficiaries, what difference your charity makes in tackling social disadvantage, how you think your organisation would benefit from being an award winner and working with Pilotlight, and a brief outline of any other relevant information.

2. You will get access to experienced business minds

We assemble a team of experienced business leaders (our Pilotlighters) who not only have a wealth of skills and experiences, but also have the right expertise to help you address the challenges you’re facing. What’s more, they are members of Pilotlight simply because they want to make a difference to charities like yours. 

3. It is free, and, your travel expenses are covered

Not only are there no fees involved, as both the Garfield Weston Foundation and Pilotlight exist solely to support the third sector, all winners receive £6,500 to get you to and from London for your monthly meetings and support you in getting the most out of the work you do.

4. We have excellent results

Two years after their engagement with us, our charity partners are on average reaching 53% more people and generating 28% more income. Charlotte Almond, Strategy and Business Development Manager of Staffordshire Women’s Aid, one of last year’s winners, commented: 

“We wouldn’t have got this support anywhere else. Winning the Weston Charity Awards has reinvigorated us. We were stuck in a disempowering funding cycle. We’re back in control, being proactive and moving forward.”

5. Applied before? You can apply again.

Even if you have applied in the past and not been successful, you are welcome to apply again. As the Garfield Weston Foundation can only give out a limited number of awards, applications are welcomed from charities who have missed out previously.

Read the guidance notes to make sure you’re eligible and fill in our simple application form by Friday 12th January 2018, and you could be a winner!