Disability charities could win a core grant of £6,500 and a year’s strategic planning support. That’s the package awaiting each of the 20 winners of this year’s Weston Charity Awards and entries are open now.

The Awards celebrate and support great front-line charities in the North of England, the Midlands and Wales working in the fields of youth, welfare and community. Run by the Garfield Weston Foundation in partnership with Pilotlight, charities with incomes under £5 million can apply. Disability charities Liverpool Mencap, Cerebral Palsy Sport and Vital, a mental health charity based in Bradford, were among last year’s winners

The 20 winning charities have all been matched with volunteer business coaches called Pilotlighters and are currently participating in a programme of strategic planning and mentoring. Applications opened 3rd December 2018 and close on 11th January 2019. The application process has been designed to make it easy for busy charity leaders to apply.

Philippa Charles, Director of the Garfield Weston Foundation which established the Weston Charity Awards said:

“Small charity leaders are under enormous pressure to steer their organisations through uncertain times. We are delighted to support those showing enormous creativity and resilience through these Awards and to help them reach their goals. We particularly want to hear from more disability charities.”

Find out more www.westoncharityawards.org

About Weston Charity Awards

The Awards celebrate and support great frontline charities working in the fields of community, welfare and youth. Run by the Garfield Weston Foundation with Pilotlight, charities with incomes under £5 million in the North of England, the Midlands and in Wales can apply. Applications open 3rd December 2018 and close 11th January 2019. To apply visit www.westoncharityawards.org

About the Garfield Weston Foundation

Celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2018, the Garfield Weston Foundation is a family-founded charitable grant-making foundation which supports causes across the UK with grants totaling over £60 million each year. 2018 also marks its £1billionth donation since it was established. One of the largest and most respected charitable institutions in the UK, the Weston Family Trustees are descendants of the founder and they take a highly active and hands-on approach. The Foundation’s funding comes from an endowment of shares in the family business which includes Twinings, Primark, Kingsmill (all part of Associated British Foods Plc) and Fortnum & Mason amongst others – a successful model that still endures today; as the businesses have grown so too have the charitable donations. From small community organisations to large national institutions, the Foundation supports a broad range of charities and activities that make a positive impact in the communities in which they work. Over 1,500 charities across the UK benefit each year from the Foundation’s grants. www.garfieldweston.org

About Pilotlight

Pilotlight is an award-winning charity that connects Pilotlighters (its business members) with charitable organisations, to unlock solutions that help charities become more effective and sustainable. Since 2003 Pilotlight has supported over 700 charities and social enterprises tackling social disadvantage in the UK. Pilotlight’s impact report 2018 shows that two years after completing the Programme, on average, charities have increased their turnover by 36% and are reaching 52% more people. For more information please visit: www.pilotlight.org.uk