Do you lead a charity working in the fields of Community, Environment, Welfare, or Youth? Are you based in the North or Midlands of England, or Wales? 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 for a package of support including an unrestricted grant, worth just over £22,000. This help for charities is more vital than ever as the cost-of-living crisis escalates.

Through the Weston Charity Awards, unrestricted grants of £6,500 are available for up to 22 ambitious charities. The cash contributions are available to instigate strategic change and accelerate innovative growth despite current challenges. Winning applicants also gain free access to the Pilotlight 360 programme – a ten-month package of leadership coaching worth an estimated £16,000.

Alongside grants, award winners receive an unrivalled package of leadership mentoring from four senior professionals across diverse private and public sector organisations. These empathetic “Pilotlighters” offer in-depth expert coaching on everything from creative operational efficiencies to sustainable long-term business strategies that take an organisation to the next level. Winning charities also access:

  • collaborative opportunities and events through Pilotlight’s network of UK charities
  • two peer-to-peer support 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

Applications open on Monday 6 November 2023, and close on 10 January 2024. 

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