The Stephen Lloyd Awards Committee today announced they are now open for entries to the 2016 Stephen Lloyd Awards. The aim of the awards, in line with Stephen’s own approach, is to help create success by finding and nurturing innovative ideas and projects that can lead to practical, sustainable social change. The awards committee is particularly interested in supporting ideas that address social problems at a systemic level.
Entries for the awards will have an eight week application window, open between 1st February and 25th March 2016. Applications should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ideas are welcome in many forms – perhaps a start-up enterprise, or an extension of an organisation’s existing work; a piece of lobbying work or a high profile campaign.
The awards will harness the practical, pro bono support of experts in the charity and social enterprise world, as well as finance from philanthropists and social investors. The award comprises significant pro bono commitment, plus funding of up to £20,000 for successful applicants, based on evidence of need. At the shortlist stage the awards will make up to five awards of up to £2,000 to assist candidates to further develop their ideas.
To apply, applicants must prepare a description of their idea in under two sides of A4 describing to the panel what the innovation is, evidence of need, and an explanation of the impact the idea might have. The panel will want to understand the applicant’s track record, what is required for the success of an idea and how the awards community could assist the project.
Shortlisting will be conducted between the end of March and mid April. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for telephone interviews at the end of April, which will be an opportunity to explain ideas in more depth, explore specific needs and impress the selection panel. There will then be a six-week support phase, where final stage candidates will be matched to members of the Awards network, with a finale event scheduled the evening of Thursday 23rd June.
Phillip Kirkpatrick, a partner at Bates Wells Braithwaite and one of the founding members of the Stephen Lloyd Awards Committee, said:
“The awards are about creating success, not just celebrating it. They bring together an amazing community committed to helping innovative projects get off the ground and deliver sustainable, systemic social change.”
For more information visit: www.stephenlloydawards.org
Interested organisations should get in touch via: http://www.stephenlloydawards.org/contact/