How to Apply

Applications are now closed. They will open again in December 2022.

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To be eligible to apply, charities must have the following:

  • A registered charity number
  • Be working in the fields of Welfare, Youth or Community
  • At least one paid full-time member of staff in a leadership position
  • Income of less than £5 million per year
  • Provide direct services to beneficiaries
  • Majority of activity or beneficiaries are in the Midlands, North of England or Wales. For a full list of areas eligible click here.

Winners will be selected based on their willingness to benefit from the Pilotlight programme. Please read the guidance notes to ensure your application is relevant to the type of Award on offer.

If you believe that your organisation is eligible to apply, please read our guidance notes thoroughly and read the Process page which outlines what you need to do.

Organisations who have applied previously are eligible to apply again, but only if there have been significant changes.

If your organisation would benefit from the support of the Weston Charity Awards but doesn’t quite meet the criteria, please contact The Charity Partnerships Team at Pilotlight on 07483 014 783 or [email protected] to discuss other ways in which Pilotlight may be able to support your organisation.

“The support over the last year has been invaluable. The sessions have helped me identify some key operational improvements and commit to implementing those changes. Improvements I’m confident will make a huge difference to our performance and ultimately benefit our beneficiaries.”

Gavin Hawkey Director , Cardiff City FC Community Foundation (2018 Weston Charity Award winner.)

WCA Guidance Notes 2022

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