Winners of the 2015 Idox Innovation Awards announced
- Published: 03 November 2015
Following a stringent judging process, Idox is pleased to announce the five category winners that have each been awarded £3,000 in recognition of their achievement and merit:
- Innovation in Supporting Local Economic Development:
Citadel Associates – Ignition Autos Community Garage and Training Centre
- Innovation in Promoting Community Engagement:
Media Trust – Community Focus Project
- Innovation in Promoting Healthy Living:
Cedarwood Trust – Soup-a-Gran
- Innovation in Supporting Children and Young People (aged up to 18 years):
ICU Transformational Arts Ltd – Breaking the Silence Empowerment Programme for Girls
- Innovation in Promoting Environmental Sustainability:
South Eastern Regional College (SERC) – SERC Woodland Project
These projects were selected by the Awards Panel based on their ability to demonstrate a creative and forward-thinking approach to improving the life of their communities.
Idox was pleased to welcome four people to the panel this year who were all involved in the decision making process – Dawn Austwick OBE, Chief Executive of the Big Lottery Fund and panel chair, joined by Andrew Chamberlain, Chief Executive of ARMA (Association of Research Managers and Administrators), Clare Goff, Editor of national regeneration magazine New Start, and Paul Welshman, Associate Director of Enterprise of the University of Salford.
Dawn Austwick commented: “It’s great to see organisations developing new ways to support people to achieve their ambitions, build confidence and overcome common issues like unemployment and isolation. These awards are an opportunity to celebrate the innovative approaches that are helping to transform lives and communities across the UK, and this is something we’re keen to support at the Big Lottery Fund.”
Rebecca Erskine, Director of Idox Grants added: “The Awards attracted projects from across the UK that demonstrated a creative and forward-thinking approach to improving the life of communities in one or more locations. Among the winners were projects which: promoted healthy eating amongst an isolated older generation; supported teenage girls at risk of sexual exploitation and self-harm; addressed mental health issues through art; brought together an isolated local community with a prison community via the medium of poetry; and upskilled young people to improve their employment opportunities.
“The Awards are our way of recognising the impact that inspiring initiatives have on building the confidence of local people and creating vibrant places for them to live, work and play. The winning projects the panel selected are a true celebration of community spirit and invention across the UK.”
About Idox – Grants
The Grants arm of Idox is recognised as Europe’s leading provider of funding and policy information. Established in 1985, it is committed to the provision of funding information and support and seeks to help organisations at every stage of the funding process, from identification of suitable funding to application and grants and bid management.