Below are some of the frequently asked questions that we are asked. Please click on a question to reveal the answer.
- What if our charity has already worked with Pilotlight?
We would still be delighted to hear from you, as long as you are not working with Pilotlight at the moment and your relationship with them was at least a year ago then you are welcome to apply.
- What if we already have a grant from the Garfield Weston Foundation?
Then please apply! The awards are entirely independent of grant decisions by the Foundation and we are happy to hear from any Youth, Welfare and Community charities in the North and Midlands regions of England whether or not there is a past or current relationship with us.
- What work is covered by the fields of Welfare, Youth and Community?
There is a wide range of charitable activity covered in these categories, and your charity may work across more than one category. Examples include support for the homeless, disabled, elderly and vulnerable groups, activities for young people and work benefitting communities whether providing mobile and outreach services or though community centres. We welcome applications from charities making a difference in any or all of these areas.
- Will we get feedback if we don't win?
Yes - at each stage of the process you will be informed if your charity has reached the next stage. If your charity has not progressed then we will endeavor, where possible, to indicate if there were any specific reasons why you application could not be taken forward - it is our hope that all those who apply get something out of the process, even if it is awareness of additional funding sources that may be available to your charity.
- What will we be expected to do if we win?
Apart from celebrating, the winners will work with Pilotlight over the course of a year and you will have access to senior business leaders at a monthly meeting in London. You will be featured in a short film we are making and will also be included in press articles to help raise the profile of your charity - this means you will need to be available to provide quotes and/or case studies about your work. During the year of the award process you will need to engage closely with Pilotlight and ensure that your trustees are aware of the award - they can even be involved in the Pilotlight meetings if you wish. We ask that the representatives of your charity are the most senior individuals (eg the Chief Executive or equivalent and/or the heads of important roles such as operations, finance or fundraising). You will also maintain a relationship with the Garfield Weston Foundation which is funding the awards.
- What if the Garfield Weston Foundation turned us down recently for a grant?
Then do apply for an award! The awards are separate from the Foundation's grant making and it may be that the foundation couldn't support the project you applied for, but you could still benefit from help with your planning and strategy, building your profile and being able to help more people - not to mention that winners are given additional unrestricted funds and expenses are covered too!
- What if we are a national charity with an independent centre in the North or Midlands regions of England?
We are very happy to receive applications from charities with affiliates or an independent franchise in the North or Midlands regions of England. As long as your charity has an independent registration for the work it does in the region and the majority of this activity takes place in the North or Midlands regions of England then we'd be very pleased for you to apply.
- What if we don't win?
One of the aims of the awards is to encourage charities to consider a broad range of income sources. Even if you don't win an award this time we hope you will take the time to look at the Garfield Weston Foundation website - www.garfieldweston.org
- as well as other local and national grant makers. Ensuring your charity isn't too dependent on one source of income is important so you can keep making a difference, even if one source of funding declines or stops.
- What if our work also takes place outside of the North or Midlands regions of England?
You are welcome to apply as long as at least half your beneficiaries and activity is within the North or Midlands regions of England (ie the majority of your work is in either of the regions).
- What areas do you mean by the North or Midlands regions of England?
Please follow this link
to view a full list of the areas we are considering applicants from this year.
- Our charity has never applied for any type of award before.
Then the best time to start is now! We understand it needs a leap of faith and some confidence to apply for an award, but if you think your charity makes a difference then tell us about it and you never know what might happen.........
- Why are the awards for Youth, Welfare and Community specifically?
Charities working in the areas of Youth, Welfare and Community have been especially hard hit by the economic situation so we wanted to work with those that would really benefit from an Award. As well as funding and access to free expert advice and networks over a year, winners will also benefit from a raised profile. The awards are intended to deliver long-term benefit and enable charities to become stronger, more effective and fit for the future.
- Who decides on the winners?
The judges are all people who care passionately about helping charities succeed and make a difference. The judges will include representatives from the Garfield Weston Foundation and Pilotlight as well as other experts, all of whom have a range of skills and knowledge.
- What do the winners get?
Winning charities get a whole package of support over a year to help them be successful - this includes free access to experts who can advise your charity on the things you need most, whether that's with planning, finances, strategy development, fundraising, expansion or something else. You will recieve an unrestricted cash contribution of £6,500.00 to help you with the resources to make the most of the year with Pilotlight (This includes travel and expenses to meetings). All winners will be part of a video and media engagement activity to help you raise your profile so you can face the future with confidence.
- Why have the awards been created?
Despite difficult economic conditions the Foundation has been surprised to find a reduction in applications from the North of England. The reasons for this are complex but we hope the awards will offer an opportunity for charities who want to be the best they can be and are excited about the opportunity to have a full year of support, additional funding and a higher profile for the work they do. Following the success in the North in 2014 and 2015, we were delighted to expand the Awards to the Midlands in 2016.
- What if our income is more than £5 million?
These awards have been specifically created to benefit small and mid-sized charities so if your income is greater than this then we are sorry but you are not eligible to apply. However, if your charity has important work needing funding you are very welcome to look at the Foundation website to see if you could apply for a grant - www.garfieldweston.org
– and we suggest you also look at other grant-makers as no single organisation would be in a position to fully fund your organisation or key project.
- What if we don't have a previous relationship with the Garfield Weston Foundation?
Then what better way to get to know us - by applying you have the opportunity to help your charity become stronger - and even if you don't win an award you could consider applying to the Foundation for a grant - you can check us out via the website www.garfieldweston.org
- What is the Garfield Weston Foundation?
For over half a century the Garfield Weston Foundation has been making grants to charities helping people in need across the country. It has grown year on year and now gives away around £50 million each year - grants are made for both capital and core costs, whichever will help good charities to deliver quality services and support to their beneficiaries. For more information please visit the website via www.garfieldweston.org
- What is Pilotlight?
Pilotlight is an established UK charity with a reputation for excellence through their work using volunteer business mentors to help charities become more effective and efficient. Senior leaders with diverse experiences from the business sector (called “Pilotlighters”) are put together by Pilotlight in teams of four and they coach and mentor charities through a carefully facilitated process to help the charities think and plan strategically. After a year, the average impact of the Pilotlight process is an increase in the charity’s revenue by 50% and more than doubling of the number of beneficiaries, not to mention the long-term value to having a more robust strategy and skills for the future.
- How much time will the award take?
The Pilotlight Programme typically takes up to a day a month of the Chief Executive’s time, though the more you put in, the more you get of it. Working with Pilotlight gives you valuable space, time and guidance to think about your organisation and what it may need to flourish in these challenging times. Charities working with Pilotlight find the advice and support they receive from senior industry leaders who are 'on their side' to be hugely valuable. One year on, typically charities double the number of people they help and increase their revenue by 50%. So, you can consider one day a month as an excellent investment in helping you and your charity become fit for the future.
- How will applicants be evaluated?
The application form is simple and easy to fill out. First we will check that your charity fulfils the eligibility criteria and then we will look to understand how you make a difference, what is made better through your work, and how you think an award could benefit your charity. We are looking for a combination of enthusiasm to receive an award and to work with Pilotlight along with existing great work that helps people in need - we don't expect perfection! We do not anticipate that these will be easy decisions to make but we hope that you will be excited by the opportunity.