Social Change Awards - Nominations are now closed!

DSC Social Change Awards celebrate the passionate individuals and effective organisations committed to making a positive impact on society.

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Voting for the 2016 awards is now open! To view details of nominees in each category, click on the menu to the left. Voting closes 23 January. The ceremony will take place in February 2017.

***Please note that the voting pages in the menu to the left are in the process of being updated and voting should open during the week of 28 November 2016***

So what makes our awards special?

The Social Change Awards are for all those working to achieve a positive change in society – individuals, charities, community groups, companies, public bodies.

You don’t have to be a charity to apply… whether you’re applying as an individual, an informal group, a company, a public body or a charity; if you are passionate about social change then there is a category for you.

Please note: All organisations and individuals must be based and work within the UK to be eligible for the Social Change Awards. The only exception is for the Influencer Award – the applicant must be based in the UK but their work can be International.

Everyday Impact Award –  New Enterprises

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 or their local area for sports or arts in recent years (less than five).

Everyday Impact Award – Long-term Enterprises

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 or their local area for sports or arts over a long period of time (more than five years).

Influencer Award

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 applicant must be based in the UK but their work can be International.

Rising Star Award

Still new to the Awards, this category is for young persons who have made a major impact in their organisation/community by achieving positive change themselves or by engaging others to bring about concrete results. The young person will have made these achievements through interaction with a single project or a range of services such as volunteering, campaigning, lobbying or fundraising/project organisation. This category is limited to young persons up to and including the age of 25.

The Great Giving Funders Award

This award is for funders (trusts, foundations, companies, etc) 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.
This is the only award where a nominee may be nominated by someone not representing the organisation. The person nominating the funding organisation should have direct experience with the organisation as they will need to complete the full application and provide as much detail as possible about their interaction with the organisation including examples.

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.

 

You can find some of our Social Change Awards Frequently Asked Questions here. Alternatively, you can email us.