Overview

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

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Are you charity working in the fields of Community, Welfare or Youth?
Are you based in Wales, the Midlands or the North of England?
Do you have at least one paid full-time member of staff in a leadership position and an income of less than £5 million per year?

Then you could be eligible to win a package of support including an unrestricted grant, worth just over £22,000.

The Weston Charity Awards were created by the Garfield Weston Foundation and Pilotlight to celebrate and support brilliant, ambitious, front-line charities working in the fields of Community, Welfare and Youth. Together they want to help small charities thrive and not just survive following the extreme pressures following the global pandemic.*

The Awards help charities to plan for sustainability, development and growth through a ten month-long programme. Award holders finish the process stronger, more effective and fit for the future.

The 20 lucky winning charities will receive a fantastic package of benefits including:

  • Access to the Pilotlight 360 programme — a ten-month package of leadership coaching worth an estimated £16,000.
  • Unrestricted grants of £6,500 to support the work with Pilotlight.
  • Collaborative opportunities and events through Pilotlight’s network of UK charities.
  • 2 ‘Connect’ sessions with other Award Winners to share best practice.
  • A celebratory event for all award-winners on conclusion of the programme.
  • The enhanced profile associated with receiving this award grant for excellence.

Pilotlight 360

The Pilotlight 360 programme provides leadership mentoring from four senior professionals across diverse private and public sector organisations. These empathetic “Pilotlighters” offer in-depth expert guidance on everything from creative operational improvements and efficiencies to sustainable long-term business strategies.

Award winners remark on the benefit of the support that they receive from their “Pilotlighters”, which often exceeds expectations. They help charities to reflect and strategise whilst providing an objective opinion. They are approachable, business professionals that look to work with charities in developing their plans.

“The Weston Charity Awards exceeded my expectations and has been an invaluable process for me. I’ve been blessed with a great team of Pilotlighters. I’m not sure if I’d still be CEO without the Pilotlight Programme.”

Sarah Jones CEO, Mencap Liverpool & Sefton, Weston Charity Award winner.

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

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Philippa Charles, Director of The Garfield Weston Foundation, said:

“Now more than ever, charities are seeking support to ensure a robust strategic future. We know that although good charities are keen to spend time on long-term planning, they are often limited by resources and staffing, even more so during this period of economic recovery. 

The Garfield Weston Foundation has partnered with Pilotlight to change this through the innovative Weston Charity Awards. These exciting Award grants offer an unrivalled package of thought-provoking leadership coaching and vital funding to nurture talent and amplify a charity’s potential impact.”

*Findings from the recent Charity Commission COVID-19 Survey 2021* show that nearly all charities questioned (91%) in England and Wales experienced some negative impact from COVID-19. Over half (62%) anticipate a threat to their charity’s financial viability in the next 12 months.