Funding news - 11/09/2017

GSK IMPACT Awards - Deadline Looms for UK Entries

UK charities have until 22 September 2017 to submit their entries to the 2018 GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) IMPACT Awards.

Now in their 21st year, this annual competition offers cash prizes to registered charities that work in the fields of health and social care. The awards are designed to recognise and reward small to medium sized charities that are doing excellent work to improve people's health in the UK. They are funded by GlaxoSmithKline and managed in partnership with The Kings Fund.

Charities that are registered and located in the UK, that have been in existence for at least three years, have a total annual income of between £80,000 and £2.5 million, and target community health needs in the UK may enter this competition. Charities registered in the UK but working in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland can apply.

The Awards recognise excellence in existing work and do not seek to fund new projects.

Organisations will need to show how their work reflects the following six areas of IMPACT:

  • 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, 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.

Prizes are as follows:

  • One overall winner: £40,000
  • Up to ten winning organisations: £30,000.
  • Up to ten runners-up: £3,000.

Award winners will also receive free training and development valued at up to £6,000.

The deadline for applications is 22 September 2017 (5pm).

Charities who are considering applying may find it useful to read a new report published by the King’s Fund that shares 10 tips for charity leaders. ‘Building Resilience and Sustainability – Tips for Charity Leaders’ is based on the knowledge and feedback gained from 20 years of working on the GSK IMPACT Awards.

Full details can be found on The Kings Fund website

Source: The Kings Fund, 11/09/2017