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Grant applications open for ‘Weston Charity Awards 2022’

Published : 13/12/21 | Categories: Funding | Information & support | News |

Applications for the Weston Charity Awards 2022 are officially open thanks to a partnership between The Garfield Weston Foundation and its charity partner, Pilotlight.

Now in its eighth year, the awards offer a package of support worth over £22,000 to small charities in the North of England, Midlands, and Wales.


Unrestricted grants of £6,500 are available for up to 20 ambitious charities who will use the cash contributions to instigate strategic change and accelerate innovative growth. Winning applicants also gain free access to the Pilotlight 360 programme – a ten-month package of leadership coaching worth an estimated £16,000.

Award winners receive 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.

Winning charities will also access:

  • collaborative opportunities and events through Pilotlight’s network of UK charities.
  • two connect sessions with other award recipients 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.


The call for applications is open to registered charities working with beneficiaries in the North of England, the Midlands, and Wales and which specialise in the fields of Community, Welfare or Youth. Charities with at least one paid full-time member of staff in a leadership position and an income of less than £5 million per year are eligible to apply.

Applications are now open and will be reviewed following the deadline of 5 pm on 7 January 2022. Supplementary information may be sought by the end of January for shortlisting by a judging panel during February – April. A rigorous selection process is required to handpick the very best third sector organisations worthy of recognition for their achievements. The finalists will be announced in June 2022.

For further information about the awards grants and full entry criteria, please visit:

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