We are actively seeking charities from across the UK to participate in our programmes. Please take a look at our application criteria and deadlines below.

Please indicate which programme you are applying for by using the programme selection drop-down on the application form. If you are unsure which programme is best suited to your needs, please choose 'unsure' on this drop-down.

Application criteria

Our programmes are open to any charity or social enterprise that tackles social disadvantage and has a base in the UK. This can include a wide range of organisations, from those working directly with vulnerable people through to promoting cultural expression or environmental action or are working overseas with a base in the UK. They are most successful when working with:

Organisations that:

  • are open to and embrace change and challenge
  • have a turnover of between £100K and £5m
  • have been delivering services for at least 2 years
  • have at least 1 full-time, paid leadership position
  • are able to demonstrate a degree of financial stability to engage with us
  • are no longer in a start-up phase

We are exploring how we can support smaller organisations. If you don't fit all the criteria but would like to apply for support, please do.

Leaders who:

  • have been in position for at least 6 months
  • have the capacity to dedicate time to our programmes

Organisations working with service users who are predominantly People of the Global Majority (PGM) or addressing issues in these communities are encouraged to apply.


Application deadlines

We are open for applications for all our other programmes. We are particularly interested in applications from charities for: 

  • Inclusive Leadership, for charities based anywhere across UK. We're looking for charities to participate across 2024, with places in our September cohort currently available. Please apply to be considered as soon as possible. If your charity is based in Scotland the deadline for applications in 15 July.  This programme will be delivered virtually.
  • Pilotlight Insight for charities based in Scotland. We're looking for charities to participate in September. The deadline for applications is 1 July.  This programme will be delivered virtually.
  • Pilotlight Impact Day for charities in or near London, although charities across the UK will be considered. We have opportunities to participate in this programme throughout the year. Please apply to be considered as soon as possible. This programme will be delivered in person.
  • Pilotlight 360 for charities based in Scotland. 

Unless otherwise stated, our programmes are run through a mix of in-person and virtual meetings, via Zoom.

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Need more information before you apply?

Take a look at our full offer to charities and social enterprises in our brochure.

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Apply to us for support

If you’re unsure what kind of support is better for your needs, please apply anyway or contact our Charity Experience team on 07483 014 783 or via our contact form to discuss your requirements in more detail.

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