Highlight your charity’s impact to win an award and a fantastic prize package for your charity!

Highlight your charity’s impact to win an award and a fantastic prize package for your charity!

With charities of all sizes facing greater challenges than ever, it’s essential that organisations are consistently and effectively measuring their impact and telling their story. NCVO’s recent ‘The Road Ahead’ report told us that charities should prepare themselves for the challenges of 2019, where we are faced with the uncertainty of Brexit, as well as an increasingly challenging economy. The FSI’s research also shows that times are tough for small charities – static incomes, increasing demand for services and challenging workloads are all problems that our members consistently tell us they are experiencing.

At the FSI, we want to celebrate the small charity sector, highlighting and championing the huge impact that small charities have in the face of an extremely tough climate. There are 167,972 registered charities in the UK, 97% of which have a turnover of less than £1 million! This means that small charities and community groups around the country carry out vital work, but in many cases people are not aware of their impact.

Through the FSI Small Charity Big Impact Awards, small charities and community groups can highlight the work they do and the impact they make on a local, national and international level. Now in their third year, the Small Charity Big Impact Awards celebrate the huge impact these small organisations have on all levels, offering some very special prizes.

There are three Awards up for grabs (Winner, Runner Up and Highly Commended) in each of the following categories:

  • Charity with an annual income under £50,000
  • Charity with an annual income between £50,001 – £150,000
  • Charity with an annual income between £150,001 – £250,000
  • Charity with an annual income between £250,001 – £500,000
  • Charity with an annual income between £500,001 – £1 million.

How can I enter?

It is completely free to enter the Awards – all you need to do is complete the short application form, which includes a section for you to send us a high-resolution photo to showcase your work and impact. The Awards are a chance for you to really focus on the impact that your organisation is having, as well as allowing you to reflect on your impact measurement processes.

We’ve even received feedback from one of the 2018 winners, Sue Lambert Trust, that the application process was enjoyable! Sonia who applied on their behalf says: “I really enjoyed applying for the Small Charity Big Impact Award. Grant applications are all about what you plan to do but in applying for the award, I indulged in the opportunity to reflect on all the wonderful things we are already doing.”

Applications are open now and will close on Thursday 28th February 2019.

Why should I enter?

The Awards are a great opportunity for you to shine a spotlight on your charity, raising awareness of your cause. As well as the fabulous marketing opportunities that arise from the Awards, winners also receive the following prize package:

  • A film for each organisation provided by the FSI highlighting their work and impact. Watch last year’s prize videos here. These videos can be really powerful tools for your communications, fundraising and staff engagement.
  • One day’s Impact Audit carried out by the FSI, which has a value of £650 and will support charities to identify areas where they are performing well, and areas to focus on to improve impact planning, measurement, evaluation and management.
  • Recognition for the charity’s valuable work and impact made to current and new supporters.
  • Invitation to the prestigious Awards Ceremony during Summer 2019 to be presented with your video and award.

Last year, we gave each of the winners the chance to feature here on our blog and in our newsletter. Check out this blog from one of the 2018 winners, the Children’s Sleep Charity. Vicki, their CEO and Founder, says: “Winning the award has helped staff morale. We are an upbeat team but sometimes it is tough, particularly when each day brings more funding rejections. It was wonderful to find out that the judges did see the value of our work, we are so proud of what we have achieved.”

Apply now before the applications close on 28th February 2019.