Entries are now open for the 2010 Guardian Charity Awards. Entries are welcomed from UK social welfare charities that can demonstrate excellence and achievement in what they do. In addition, charities wishing to enter must also have been registered in the UK for more than two years and have an annual income of between £5,000 and £1.5 million.
David Brindle, public services editor at the Guardian, commented: “People sometimes ask what we mean by ‘UK social welfare charities’. The short answer is any eligible registered charity that helps people in Britain and/or Northern Ireland. It can be nationwide or just at community level. It can have a strong environmental theme, or involve animals, but the key thing is that it must deliver clear benefit to people – adults or children – who are disadvantaged by poverty or disability or are marginalised in some other way. If you’re not sure if you qualify, don’t hesitate to ask.”
The awards this year are promoted in association with The FSI.
The winning charities will each be awarded £6,000 prize money, one year free NCVO membership, and a tailored package from The FSI, including two days mentoring support, three specialist training sessions, and a hand-picked match with a media volunteer.
Application forms should be submitted by midnight on 16 July 2010 and the winning charities will be announced at an event on 2 December 2010.
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