The Centre for Social Justice 2018 Awards
applications are now open

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 organisations often work with some of the hardest to reach people in the country. Previous winners have included those who have helped to rehabilitate addicts and ex-offenders, have improved educational outcomes or strengthened families in our most deprived areas or have brought healing and connection to those isolated by mental illness or old age.

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.

We are also delighted to be running a new award this year to find the most outstanding Responsible Business. We are running this award to encourage those businesses that foster high levels of staff engagement in exceptional outreach work to their communities and beyond. The prize will be a top-grade political event.

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 these sectors 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, social enterprises and responsible businesses that are effective in helping people find a pathway out of poverty and tackle the root causes of poverty. They should be innovative in their solutions, provide a tailor-made service that addresses the needs of those they work with,, 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.

We are so looking forward to hearing from you and learning about your amazing work. You are welcome to apply if you are an organisation working with the most marginalised in our nation across the CSJ’s 5 ‘root causes of poverty’ pathways. These are educational failure, problem debt, family breakdown, addiction and worklessness.

The 2018 Categories

Please use the links on the right to click through to the award that suits you best. Each application form carries a fuller description of the its award. You can always click back and look at other awards from this page. And please don’t forget to read the guidelines.

Some Guidelines before you click on:

  • Applications will stay open until 17.00hrs on Friday 13th October 2017
  • 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. Some charities may offer services that apply to more than of the one categories listed. These charities may apply for more than one category but will only be eligible for one prize.
  • Applicants must not exceed the word limit for each question. Applications will not be processed if any answers exceed the word limit.
  • If you are applying for the Social Enterprise awards, you must only be a social enterprise and cannot be a charity with social enterprise as a part of your offer.
  • You cannot apply if you have won one of our Awards in the last five years.
  • Shortlisted charities will be visited by someone from the CSJ between the 20th October and 5th November.
  • A team of very senior philanthropists, media personalities and business people will carry out judging on the 5th December.
  • Winners will be announced before Christmas
  • The Award Ceremony will be on the 13th March 2018. Both winners and shortlisted charities will be invited to this event.