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Jersey Charity Awards

September 2021 - APPLICATION PROCESS NOW CLOSED

About the Jersey Charity Awards
The Jersey Charity Awards highlight professionalism and excellence within the local charitable sector, recognising and celebrating charities’ recent achievements and best practice, thus raising the profile of charity and voluntary activity in Jersey.

This year, we’re hoping charities will pay particular attention to issues that have and are still affecting all of us, by demonstrating their response to managing and overcoming adversity, such as the Covid-19 pandemic, tackling climate change, championing health and wellbeing, and collaborating with other charities on these issues.

Who are the awards open to?
Any registered charity based in Jersey may enter the awards, whether they operate within Jersey or overseas.

Judging
The awards will be decided by an independent panel of judges, who will be looking for examples
of excellence, together with ideas and leadership that will inspire and from which others can learn.

The Awards were established ten years ago and carry particular significance in this 50th anniversary year of the AJC. The awards are to honour professionals and volunteers who manage charities, to recognise and promote best practice and to encourage continuing professional development.

Some examples of achievements could be:
• Innovative website development, or a rebrand that’s significantly improved your marketing reach and uptake of services
• Undertaking a change management process, or a restructuring of services that’s allowed you to further develop and expand
• Development of your volunteering infrastructure programme
• Implementing a budgeting system or process, devising an annual operational budget or cost savings
through the use of volunteers or ‘gifts in kind’
• Outstanding leadership demonstrated by a volunteer, or staff member, possibly even during a period of adversity or unprecedented change
• Development of your social media that has allowed you to reach a new target audience,
increase donations and/or a different audience
• Production of your first or most outstanding annual report
• Undertaking an innovative campaign to raise awareness about an issue or boost fundraising efforts
• Putting a structure in place for upskilling a team

Categories
There are three award categories:
• Outstanding Achievement, Large Charity 2021
• Outstanding Achievement, Medium Charity 2021
• Outstanding Achievement, Small Charity 2021
Applications will be categorised according to their relative size and taking account of total income, the number of employees and volunteers and total hours worked.

• The winner of each category will receive £5,000 for their charity. Additionally, in each category the second place winner will receive £1,000 and the third place winner will receive £500.

The Awards’ ceremony
With everything a little different at the moment, we have decided to change the format for the 2021 awards, to make sure everyone stays safe. Every charity that enters an award category will be invited to attend the virtual awards ceremony on Sunday 12 September 2021 starting at 2pm. Ahead of this, each charity will receive a delivered surprise to partake of while watching the ceremony. Nominees and winners will be announced on the day, and an online address will be provided. This year, we will also be marking the AJC’s special 50th anniversary.

Your application
Applications must be submitted by an official representative of the charity. Submissions are limited to one per charity.

Please post your entry to:
The Judging Committee
Association of Jersey Charities
PO Box 356
St Helier
Jersey
JE4 9YZ

Or download and complete the application form and email it to lyn@jerseycharities.org

Closing date
The closing date for submissions is Monday 31 May 2021.

One of the benefits of the Charity Awards is the potential for organisations to learn
from each other’s experiences. The organisers therefore reserve the right to
use information relating to shortlisted entries for publicity and educational purposes.
The judges reserve the right to reallocate any entry to a different category.
The organisers reserve the right to change the venue and date for the awards’
ceremony entirely at their discretion. The judges’ decisions are final.

Access the application form here