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

The awards offer a unique package of support worth over £22,000 to small charities in the North of England, the 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. 

Sarah Jones, CEO of Mencap Liverpool & Sefton and former Weston Charity Award winner, said:

“The Weston Charity Awards exceeded my expectations and has been an invaluable process for me. I’ve been blessed with a great team of Pilotlighters. I’m not sure if I’d still be CEO without the programme.”

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

Grant Applications open for Weston Charity Awards 2022