Record number of entries for landmark awards

Judging is about to start after a record number of entries were received for the Steve Morgan Foundation’s 20th Anniversary Awards.

A total of 337 entries are in with a chance of winning a share of £170,000 in prize money to mark the 20th anniversary of the Steve Morgan Foundation.

There are a total of 10 awards up for grabs alongside a number of discretionary awards and the winners will be announced at the Foundation’s 20th Anniversary Conference and Awards at Carden Park Hotel on March 28th, 2022.

The Foundation’s Director of Regional Grants Jane Harris said the number of entries was more than three times the highest number of submissions they’d previously received.

She said: “Last year we distributed a record £25.8m to charities struggling with the pandemic and I think the record number of entries reflects that.

“The awards are a celebration of our 20th anniversary so we’re delighted that these will be our biggest and best yet.”

Entries have come in from charities and not-for-profit organisations from across Cheshire, Merseyside and North Wales.

Harris said: “One refreshing feature is that we’ve received entries from charities that we’ve never previously supported so our profile has clearly grown.

“We’ve got a big judging process ahead of ourselves but we’re looking forward to it.”

The judging process starts with a public online vote before the Foundation’s seven trustees will create five-strong shortlists.

The individual award winners will receive £10,000 while the two runners-up will get £2,500 each.

There’s a prize for the Volunteer of the Year and a discretionary award for the best Overall Individual Contribution.

Philanthropist Steve Morgan CBE pledged the £170,000 in prize money to mark the 20th anniversary of the Steve Morgan Foundation, which he launched in 2001.

The winners will be announced at the Foundation’s 20th Anniversary Conference and next March.  The conference will include workshops, presentations and networking opportunities.

The four themes of the conference will be tackling mental health post pandemic; diversifying funding options; building community cohesion; and positive engagement for children and young people.

Details of the public vote will appear on the Steve Morgan Foundation website.

 

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