Nesta are seeking submissions to their new Good Help Awards.
Nesta are seeking applications from organisations that demonstrate they are helping people transform their lives through ‘good help’ activities.
‘Good help’ is core to many organisations trying to help people take action and improve their lives. Yet too many people receive ‘bad help’ which can have acute consequences, such as homelessness or addiction, but also chronic and subtle effects which make activities, such as parenting and healthy eating, much harder, and sometimes impossible.
The Good Help Award will reward an organisation or team that demonstrates they are helping people to find their sense of purpose and develop their confidence to take action to transform their lives, rather than focusing on fixing a problem for them.
Nesta will use the award process to identify and celebrate all of the most promising ‘good help’ projects – not just the winners – and will be looking for opportunities to share best practice and learning in ways that can help them all increase their impact.
There are three awards available – one £15,000 winner, and two £5,000 runners up.
Any organisation or team from within the public, voluntary, community or social enterprise sectors in the UK are eligible to apply.
Commissioners and/or providers are also eligible to apply.
All applicants must be offering ‘good help’ through an established (ie operational for at least 12 months or more) project, programme or service in the UK.
Applications must be submitted by the deadline of 30 April 2018.
Shortlisted applicants will be announced in June and invited to an exploration workshop in July. Winners will be announced at a celebration event on 13 September.