Entries are now open for the Stephen Lloyd Awards that aims to help create success by finding and nurturing innovative ideas and projects that can lead to practical, sustainable social change.
The Awards are particularly interested in supporting novel, early stage ideas that address social problems at a systemic level. These are essentially ‘big ideas’ that might not, or cannot, reach the mainstream channels for support or funding.
Ideas may come in many forms. They may be a new start-up enterprise or an extension of an organisation’s existing work; however, preference will be given to entries originating from a start-up or early stage project, rather than initiated within a larger charity organisation. They might be a discrete piece of lobbying work or a high profile campaign; the aim might be to change policy or legislation or to create a new legal form or financial structure, for example.
- The heart of the Awards is the bringing together of experts that can deliver practical, free support to shortlisted candidates as well as Award winners. In addition, funding of £25,000 will be made available to support Award winners in developing their initiatives.
- At the shortlist stage the Awards will make up to ten awards of up to £2,500 to assist candidates to further develop their ideas.
- Anyone resident in the UK, or any organisation or charity established in the UK that has an innovative idea seeking to address a problem systemically, can apply.
- All projects must be for exclusively charitable purposes (according to the laws of England and Wales).
- They accept applications from:
- UK charities running projects in the UK.
- UK charities that will run or oversee and take responsibility for a project abroad.
- Other established UK non-profit and social enterprise entities that will run or oversee and take responsibility for a project in the UK or abroad.
- Individuals resident in the UK who are in the process of establishing a UK charity, non-profit or social enterprise, which will receive any grant awarded and oversee the relevant project.
- In order for an application to proceed to the next stage, they may need to carry out due diligence work. If they make a grant to a UK-based individual or non-charitable organisation in relation to a project abroad, they are likely to require a higher degree of monitoring and reporting than they might otherwise require.
- If an application wins a Stephen Lloyd Award and involves the establishment of a UK charity to receive the grant and administer the payments, any grant awarded will only be paid once that charity has been registered.
- They do not accept applications from individuals resident outside the UK or organisations registered or located outside the UK.
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