The Movement for Good awards, set up by specialist insurer and ICMIF member Ecclesiastical (UK), have seen a total of £1million given to charities across Great Britain this summer. Five hundred charities have already been awarded donations of £1,000 and now 10 charitable organisations will benefit from £50,000 grants.
Each of the £50,000 awards are designed to help charities take innovative projects to the next level in the fields of education, skills, arts, culture and heritage, as well as citizenship or community development. Full list of charities provided below.
In total, 98,000 people supported the Movement for Good awards during its first phase earlier this year, with over 7,000 charitable causes across the UK receiving votes. The 500 winning charities were picked at random from those nominated.
Phase two saw 800 project submissions for the £50,000 awards. Following a review of all the applications, over 20,000 people showed support for a shortlist of 15 charities before a panel of judges made their final selection of the winning projects.
Mark Hews, Group CEO of Ecclesiastical, said: “Ecclesiastical is unlike any other financial services group. Owned by a charity, our core purpose is to contribute to the greater good of society. Charitable giving is therefore at the heart of our business and we are proud to be the fourth largest corporate donor in the UK. Each of these £50,000 awards will fund innovative projects and good ideas that will help make people’s lives better.
“This summer our Movement for Good awards has motivated over 100,000 members of the public across the UK to support and nominate causes close to their heart. Now we are excited to see how this next financial boost will create a lasting legacy for all the award winners.”
Owned by a charity, Ecclesiastical is the only financial services group that exists to give all its available profits to charity. It has given £100million to charity over the past five years and is the fourth largest corporate giver in the UK*.
For further information on the Movement for Good Awards and the winning charities phase visit: www.ecclesiastical.com/movement-for-good
The 10 charities awarded £50,000 in full are:
Children's Books Ireland
Colchester Arts Centre
Disability Sports Coach, London
Give A Dog a Bone… and an animal a home, Scotland
Gloucestershire Young Carers
Mahdlo (Oldham Youth Zone)
People Know How, Edinburgh
The Candlelighters Trust, Leeds
The Footprints Project, Dorset
The Jericho Foundation, Birmingham
*Directory of Social Change (DSC), The Guide to UK Company Giving, 11th Edition