Smallwood Trust is delighted to announce that we have taken the award in the Grantmaking and Funding category at this year’s Charity Awards.
The Trust were shortlisted for our Community Grant Partnership programme, a strategic initiative to help us shift power for grant decision-making to local community organisations, the majority of which are led by and for women.
Our Community Grant Partners each receive a block grant from Smallwood including overhead costs, an operational toolkit and evaluation support to the partner organisation who then award grants to individual women integrated with their specialist support services - over £2 million has been awarded so far.
Matt Nolan, chief executive of Civil Society Media which organises the Charity Awards, congratulated Smallwood Trust on winning the award. He said: “The standard of entries this year was as high as ever, despite the challenges that the sector has faced during the pandemic – so Smallwood Trust should be very proud to have won their category. Their programme has delivered great results.”
On receiving the award Paul Carbury, CEO of the Smallwood Trust, said: “I’d like to thank our Board for their foresight in devolving around 30% of the grants budget to local women’s groups who know best to spend that money.
“Most importantly, we want to share this award with our Community Grant Partners who are enabling women to be financially resilient, keeping women safe from harm and violence and supporting them on a range of issues from housing to employability skills, in the face of so many challenges through COVID and the cost of living crisis.”
We would also like to congratulate our fellow nominees Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home and Macmillan Cancer Support for being recognised for their work.
To read more about some of our Community Grant Partners, view our articles on:
The Halo Project: https://www.smallwoodtrust.org.uk/news/spotlight-halo-project-charity