The Charity Awards 2018

What are the Charity Awards?

The Charity Awards is a civil society media’s annual awards programme held to identify, recognise and reward those organisations doing exceptional work in all areas of charity activity. The awards provide a perfect opportunity for you to propel your charity’s work into the spotlight. Submitting an entry is free, and you can support your organisation’s efforts to influence policy-makers and funders and boost the morale of your staff and stakeholders. You may enter any type of project or campaign and it will be judged by a distinguished panel of sector leaders against entries from other organisations in your own sector. 

How are the awards judged?  

The independent judging panel will take a range of attributes into account when reviewing the entry forms - these are called the ‘Hallmarks of Excellence’. The project or initiative you are putting forward should be able to demonstrate achievement in most, if not all, of these Hallmarks. 

The entry form invites you to explain how your project demonstrates these attributes:

  • Outcomes and effectiveness
  • Value for money 
  • Innovation 
  • Sustainability 
  • Replicability and scalability 
  • Best practice. 


Awards are given out in the categories below and an overall winner is chosen from the winners of each category. 

  • Arts, culture and heritage 
  • Campaigning and advocacy 
  • Children and youth 
  • Disability
  • Education and training 
  • Environment and conservation 
  • Grant making and Funding 
  • Healthcare and medical research 
  • International Aid and Development 
  • Social care, advice and support. 

How to enter the Charity Awards? 

  1. Visit to download your entry form 
  2. Complete your form (guidance notes are available online to help you to complete the form).
  3. Submit your form by Friday 23rd February (you can submit your entry by email or through the website). 

The form is designed to help you describe how your initiative or project has improved the delivery of your charity’s mission. 

Key Dates 

  • • Entries close 23rd February
  • • Judging April 
  • • Shortlist announced 9th May 
  • • Gala presentation 7th June 

Get In Touch

Halton & St Helens VCA 

Halton Office: 01928 592 405
St Maries
Lugsdale Road

St Helens Office: 01744 457100 
2nd Floor Beacon Building
College Street
St Helens
WA10 1TF



Halton & St Helens VCA is an infrastructure organisation that provides advice, information and development support services to voluntary, community, not-for-profit and faith organisations and volunteers in the Boroughs of St Helens and Halton.