We are continually faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems.  ~ John W Gardner


The aim of the Awards, in line with Stephen’s own approach, is to help create success by finding and nurturing innovative ideas and projects that can lead to practical, sustainable social change. The Awards’ Committee is particularly interested in supporting ideas that address social problems at a systemic level.

The heart of the Awards is the bringing together of experts that can deliver practical, free support to shortlisted candidates as well as Award winners. In addition, funding of up to £20,000 will be made available to support Award winners in developing their initiatives. At the shortlist stage the Awards will make up to ten awards of up to £2,000 to assist candidates to further develop their ideas.

Ideas may come in many forms. They may be a new-start enterprise or an extension of an organisation’s existing work; however, preference will be given to entries originating from a start-up or early stage project, rather than from a subsidiary of a larger charity organisation.  They might be a discrete piece of lobbying work or a high profile campaign; the aim might be to change policy or legislation or to create a new legal form or financial structure, for example.

Who Can Apply?

Anyone resident in the UK, or any organisation or charity established in the UK that has an innovative idea seeking to address a problem systemically, can apply.

All projects must be for exclusively charitable purposes (according to the laws of England and Wales).

We accept applications from:

1.1. UK charities running projects in the UK.
1.2. UK charities that will run or oversee and take responsibility for a project abroad.
1.3. Other established UK non-profit and social enterprise entities that will run or oversee and take responsibility for a project in the UK or abroad.
1.4. Individuals resident in the UK who are in the process of establishing a UK charity, non-profit or social enterprise, which will receive any grant awarded and oversee the relevant project.

In order for an application to proceed to the next stage, we may need to carry out due diligence work. If we make a grant to a UK-based individual or non-charitable organisation in relation to a project abroad, we are likely to require a higher degree of monitoring and reporting than we might otherwise require.

If an application wins a Stephen Lloyd Award and involves the establishment of a UK charity to receive the grant and administer the payments, any grant awarded will only be paid once that charity has been registered.

Who Cannot Apply?

We do not accept applications from individuals resident outside the UK or organisations registered or located outside the UK.

Applications Overview

In order to apply, you will need to submit an online application form (see section below for further guidance).

We would like to understand what the innovation is and why it is needed, alongside evidence of need and an explanation of the impact you will have, if you are successful.

We would also like to know about your track record, what you need for the idea to succeed and more importantly, how you think the Awards’ community may be able to assist you.

Online Application Form Guidance

To help you organise your answers for the online application form, please prepare a description of your work or idea in advance, before submitting the form.

Apart from the first section requesting general information, the form is structured into three main sections (using the “Situation, Complication, Solution” approach) which will be key to presenting your idea. Click here for some basic guidance on this.

We would like to learn a little more about the individual or team invested into the project. A one or two line background information on the team can be included in the application.

We also encourage you to make contact with any awards supporters that you already know listed here, and ask them for supporting statements. Please don’t contact supporters unless you already have a relationship with them and they would be in a position to support your application.  If you do not have a relationship with any of our partners, that is fine, as it is not mandatory to have a supporting statement  in order to apply.  However, if you do come across a partner whose support would be beneficial to your project, we would like to know how.  Please outline that in the application form under Section C – Wider Support.

Where relevant, please include recent accounts and governing documents as attachments.

You are also welcome to upload one additional page of references and links to relevant supporting materials.

Any queries in relation to the form should be sent to info@stephenlloydawards.org marked for the attention of Mona Rahman.

Application Acceptance Period

Applications should be received between 14th February and 5th April 2019.

Assessment Process

Following the closing date, the assessment process occurs in two stages.

The first stage involves scoring the application on the following criteria: innovation, systems change,  direct impact, evidence and how the grant funding will eventually be budgeted and used.  The individual or team’s position to achieve social impact will also be examined, along with their potential to benefit from the Award’s wider network of partners.

The second stage involves shortlisting applicants for telephone interviews, based on the overall scores resulting from the above initial assessment.

Selection for Telephone Interviews

Applicants will be informed in early May whether they have been shortlisted. Those that have been shortlisted will be invited for a telephone interview.

We would expect around 20 applicants to proceed to interview. Interviews will be conducted over the phone on 8th and 9th May 2019 and are an opportunity for you to explain your idea in more depth, discuss your needs and enthuse the selection judging panel.

Interviewees will be informed in the week of 13th May 2019 as to whether or not they have been successful in moving onto the next stage of the application process, the Development Phase.

Development Phase

We expect the telephone interview process to result in a shortlist of up to 10 candidates. The interviews will identify areas where the candidate may benefit from, by working up a full plan/application, conducting additional research, building a community of support, etc., within the Development Phase.

This phase will last eight weeks and, wherever possible, members of the Awards’ community will be identified to support applicants over that period. We also welcome applicants’ supporters becoming involved during this development phase.

We will also grant up to £2,000 per finalist during this phase, if a need is demonstrated, which will help them work their way towards their presentation at the live judging event on 26 June 2019 in London.

Presentations at Final Event

At the end of the Development Phase, you will present to the Awards’ network at an evening event. The audience votes and together decides the winner or winner of the Awards. Success depends on the applicants convincing the attendees of the value and prospects of their idea or project.

The event is currently scheduled for 26th June 2019, where the winner of the Awards will be publicly announced.

The funding limit will generally be £20,000, although exceptions may be made.  Funding is subject to the approval by the Trustees of the BWB Foundation who consider the recommendation of the Stephen Lloyd Awards Committee. If the project seeks to advance charitable purposes then the Trustees will honour the decision of the selection panel.

Even if you are not given an award, our aim is that the process along the way (i.e. the interview, development and presentation phases) will help you to further your aims and bring you into contact with experts who may nevertheless support you.

Decisions Final

Decisions made by the Stephen Lloyd Awards Committee, live judging selection panel and the Trustees of the BWB Foundation in relation to the Awards are final and not subject to appeal.

Who’s Who?

The Awards Committee is a committee of the Trustee board of the BWB Foundation which has delegated responsibility for the Awards.

BWB Foundation is the charity that manages the Awards. The trustees are Evelyn Smith, Martin Bunch, Patrick Nash, Peter Bennett, Philip Kirkpatrick, Rosamund McCarthy and Stephanie Biden. Its charity number is 1150321. 

The Stephen Lloyd Award Committee members are Jim Clifford OBE, Philip Kirkpatrick, Patrick Nash, Michael Norton OBE and Rosamund McCarthy.  The Awards Committee is also served by a Secretariat led by Mona Rahman, who is supported by Ben Metz.

Awards’ network supporters are partners who have committed support, either financially or through pro bono work. You can find a list of awards supporters here.