are the Awards categories?
are an individual, a company, public body or funder, if you are
passionate about social change there is a category to
recognise your efforts. This change can come about through the everyday actions of one individual, many people pulling together, a local company that cares about their wider community or the thoughtful investment of resources.
There are five award categories:
Three nominees are shortlisted in each category. The shortlisted nominees are invited to the Awards Ceremony in November. The winner of the public vote will receive an original, personalised cartoon drawn by Grizelda.
Please note there is no monetary award for winners. All organisations and individuals must be based in the UK to be eligible for the Social Change Awards. Their work, however, can be international.
Everyday Impact Award
We all have a story about someone who gets off their backside and achieves something positive for the cause they care about. These are the people or organisations that have a clear vision for change. They engage and involve others to bring about real and concrete results that can be seen and felt on a daily basis. An everyday impact could be made by a person who devises a recreation scheme for communities around the country to engage young people in football.
There are TWO awards for this category: one for 'new' enterprises that have recently started up and been running for up to 5 years; the other, for longer-term sustained enterprises running more than 5 years. Both are for people or small local companies, organisations, or community groups who have a clear vision for positive change and have been able to engage others to bring about concrete results that can be seen and felt on a daily basis.
This award is solely for individuals that really know which buttons to press to make things happen - from campaigning for a change in law to bringing together different groups to achieve what might have seemed impossible. We want to acknowledge the determination and hard work required to communicate clearly, put forth a persuasive argument and win people over to bring about positive change.
The Great Giving* Funders Award
This award is for funders that demonstrate a clear understanding of their beneficiaries and funding environment. The funder will be able to demonstrate that they apply and use that understanding to inform and improve grant making by giving clear guidance and support. The funder shows a willingness to work with applicants to address concerns and demonstrate a response to changing needs in the wider environment.
* For more information about DSC's Great Giving Campaign, click here.
Lifetime Achievement Award
This award is for individuals who have made a major impact on their organisation/community and have devoted their time and energy to achieving sustained positive change over the span of their working life. Their work will demonstrate measurable positive results and changes that have made a difference to individuals or the wider community.