GSK says the Awards will recognise and reward community-based charities who contribute to the improvement of people’s health and wellbeing in Ireland. This will be the fourth year of the Awards and they are an expansion of the global healthcare company’s IMPACT awards programme which has been running in the UK and USA for 20 years.
The awards are open to registered charities that are working in a health-related field in Ireland and are at least three years old.
Applicants are evaluated using six criteria:
• Community focus
• Targeting needs.
Up to five winning charities will receive €10,000 each in unrestricted funding, while five runner-up charities receive €2,000 each. In addition to the prize money, winning charities also receive a specially commissioned video and photography package to help them promote their work.
Last year, the five winning charities of the ‘GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards’ were:
22Q11 Ireland Support Group Limited
The national Irish charity for individuals and families affected by 22q11.2 deletion/DiGeorge Syndrome/V.C.F.S
Blue Teapot Theatre Company
Blue Teapot is a multi-award winning theatre company, performing arts school and outreach programme for people with intellectual disabilities at the forefront of arts and disability in Ireland. They are committed to high quality theatre, training and the celebration of creativity.
Down Syndrome Centre
The Down Syndrome Centre provides specialist services such as early intervention, speech and language therapy, parent and baby classes to children with Down syndrome.
Irish Men’s Shed Association
The Irish Men’s Shed Association (IMSA) is a member-based organisation which exists to maintain links and share information through the network of men’s sheds in Ireland, ensuring men have the opportunity to maintain and improve their well-being on their own terms and within their own communities.
Sexual Health Centre
Based in Cork, the Sexual Health Centre provides information and support on sexual health without judgement.
To apply in 2018
Organisations interested in applying for the GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards must:
- Be registered and located in the Republic of Ireland and have been in existence for at least three years
- Have a total annual income of between €20,000 and €1 million
- Target community health needs in Ireland, with community defined as a geographical community or a community of interest
- Be able to point to a track record of achievement in community health issues
The deadline for applications is 5pm on Tuesday 19th June 2018.
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