Annual awards programme open to registered charities working in the UK to improve people’s health and wellbeing.

Funding body: King’s Fund
Maximum value: £ 40,000
Application deadline: 14/09/2020

The GSK IMPACT Awards are an annual programme, funded by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) as part of the company’s commitment to promote community health and wellbeing. The awards have been running since 1997, and are organised and managed in partnership with The King’s Fund, a leading independent health charity working to improve health and social care.

Objectives of Fund
The IMPACT Awards recognise and reward small to medium-sized charities in the UK that are doing excellent work to improve people’s health and wellbeing.

Value Notes
Up to ten winners will receive £30,000 unrestricted funding with one overall winner receiving £40,000.
Winners will also receive free training and development valued at an average of £9,500, publicity and national recognition. Up to ten runners-up will receive £3,000.

Who Can Apply

Charities that are located and registered in the UK are eligible to apply.

Charities must:

  • Have existed for a minimum of three years by the deadline of the application.
  • Be small or medium sized with a total annual income of between £80,000 and £2.5 million as shown in their most recent accounts.
  • Be independently constituted from any national umbrella organisation.
  • Target community health needs in the UK. Community can be defined as a geographical community or a community of interest.
  • Have a track record of achievement in community health issues.
  • Be independently constituted from any national umbrella organisation.

Organisations registered in the UK but working in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland can apply.

Previous GSK IMPACT Award winners can re-apply five years after winning. Other shortlisted organisations can re-apply for any year.

United Kingdom

Awards will not be given in respect of the following organisations:

  • Research bodies.
  • Advice agencies.
  • Organisations principally concerned with broad social welfare work. Organisations must be able to clearly demonstrate their impact on their target community’s health.

Eligible Expenditure
The award winners can decide how they want to spend the award money.

Award Categories
The Awards recognise excellence in existing work and do not seek to fund new projects. An application which only focuses on a particular project will not be shortlisted. The assessment is based on the work of the whole organisation and the assessment will focus on excellence in the six areas of IMPACT. The judges will be looking for evidence of:

  • Innovation: Leadership, creativity and initiative in addressing current challenges in healthcare access and delivery.
  • Management: Efficient use of resources; quality of management processes; equality of opportunity; clear objectives and plans; strength and financial effectiveness of the organisation.
  • Partnership: Working effectively with others (members, users, voluntary, private and public sector partners, etc.); willingness to share ‘best practice’ and to learn from others.
  • Achievement: Measurable results achieved; numbers of people benefited; impact on access to healthcare; a reflective approach to evaluation of the work; measurement and monitoring of performance; being able to report on outcomes and impact.
  • Community focus: Involving and responding to users and the community; openness and provision of information; adaptability to changing circumstances and needs.
  • Targeting needs: Awareness of community issues and priorities and having a detailed understanding of the target community; ensuring services are accessible to, and focus on, people in need.

Turnover Notes
Maximum annual income must not exceed £2.5 million.

How To Apply
Entries for the 2021 GSK IMPACT Awards will be accepted from 1 July 2020 until 5pm on 14 September 2020.
The guidelines and the online application form are available from the King’s Fund website.

Applicants must nominate two referees to support their application and include their most recent annual report and accounts.

A short listing panel will review all the applications and mark them against the IMPACT criteria. Up to 20 organisations will be shortlisted and visited by an independent assessor.

Useful Links
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) IMPACT Awards

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