CSJ Social Justice Awards
celebrating the work of grassroots charities

About The CSJ Awards

The CSJ Awards is an annual high-profile, high-impact event in the Westminster calendar at which the CSJ showcases and rewards grassroots charities and voluntary organisations from local communities throughout the UK that have developed effective and innovative ways of addressing a variety of entrenched social issues. These charities often work with some of the hardest to reach people in the country. Previous winners include those who have helped to tackle modern slavery, rehabilitate ex-offenders and perpetrators of domestic violence, improve educational outcomes in deprived areas and bring isolated older people back into the community.

Each winning organisation receives a prize of £10,000 and the rare chance to have their work profiled at the Awards ceremony in London to a large audience of high-ranking politicians, celebrities, major philanthropists, leaders from the private and voluntary sector, and the media. It also provides the chance for these key influencers to witness the most effective grassroots methods for turning lives around in disadvantaged communities throughout the UK.

The recipients of these awards too often go unnoticed, despite their remarkable work and the perseverance of the individuals involved. It is crucial that the unique voice of this sector is heard in Westminster, and that their work is supported more broadly. The contacts that the CSJ Awards help recipients to make as well as the prize money have an important and lasting effect, and the CSJ continues to work with the winners to help their work impact further.

What the CSJ Awards judges look for

The CSJ Award’s independent judging panel seeks to identify outstanding grassroots charities and social enterprises that are effective in helping people find a pathway out of poverty and tackle the root causes of poverty, are innovative in their solutions, provide a tailor-made service that addresses the needs of the local community, are sustainable and long-term, and are scalable and replicable across the UK.
The application forms are not intended to trip applicants up, rather they intend to provide applicants with the opportunity to demonstrate all of the above qualities and really showcase their outstanding, life-changing work.

The 2017 Categories

Awards categories

Application instructions

Please read the instructions carefully to avoid your application not being processed.

All applicants must not exceed an annual turnover of £3 million and must be based in the UK. There is one application form per category. The application forms are downloadable in word format from the CSJ website. Some charities may offer services that apply to more than one of the categories listed. These charities may apply for more than one category but will only be eligible to win in one category if selected. All charities applying must fill out the relevant application form in full, including as much detail as possible within the word limit. Applicant may write their answers in bullet points. Please note that applicants must not exceed the word limit for each question. An application will not be processed if any answers exceed the word limit.

When applicants have filled out their application form they must email it to awards@centreforsocialjustice.org.uk
Application deadline: 5pm; Friday 11 November.