Applications open for Weston Charity Awards

Written by Mark Evans

Applications are open for the 2019 Weston Charity Awards. Run by the Garfield Weston Foundation with Pilotlight, the awards provide twenty winning charities with a year of leadership coaching along with £6,500 in unrestricted funding.

Frontline charities working in the fields of community, welfare and youth with incomes under £5m in the North of England, the Midlands and in Wales can apply. Applications close on 11 January 2019.

The Garfield Weston Foundation established the Weston Charity Awards in collaboration with Pilotlight in 2014 and has just published its study of leadership with smaller charities in the past year, as covered by Charity Times, showing both optimism and a desire to acquire more skills to match their ambitions.

Garfield Weston Foundation director, Philippa Charles, said: “Small charity leaders are under enormous pressure to steer their organisations through uncertain times. We are delighted to support those showing enormous creativity and resilience through these Awards and to help them reach their goals.”

The Garfield Weston Foundation is a family-founded charitable grant-making foundation which supports causes across the UK with grants totalling over £60m each year.

2018 also marks its £1billionth donation since it was established. The Foundation’s funding comes from an endowment of shares in the family business which includes Twinings, Primark, Kingsmill (all part of Associated British Foods) and Fortnum & Mason amongst others.

Pilotlight is a charity that connects Pilotlighters (its business members) with charitable organisations, to unlock solutions that help charities become more effective and sustainable. Since 2003 Pilotlight has supported over 700 charities and social enterprises tackling social disadvantage in the UK.

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