Winning Charity to receive a grant of £750,000
Applications Closed 18th May
London, 28th March 2018: The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists (WCIT), the 100th Livery Company of the City of London, has announced its first ever Charity IT Award. The WCIT’s own Charity launched the new award, worth up to £750,000, at a special event that took place on the 26th March at Information Technologists’ Hall in the City of London.
The award winner will be an outstanding charity, running a project that uses the innovative nature and power of IT to tackle clearly identified needs of either young people’s education or of those contending with disadvantage, disability or social exclusion.
The award is open to all UK registered charities with an annual income between £2m and £10m. The WCIT Charity is looking to identify an organisation and project that is innovative, ambitious and evidence-based and with which it can work closely in partnership to make a positive, lasting difference to people’s lives.
“We see this exciting new award as closely in line with our aim to be the leading facilitator of IT-related charitable activities in the UK – in this case by partnering with carefully selected charities,” says Mike Jenkins, Clerk, WCIT. “We are looking forward to identifying a truly exceptional charity and working with it positively to identify ways in which we together use the transformative power of IT to benefit people’s lives.”
The award opened for applications on 23 April 2018 and closed 18th May. All applications will be reviewed against clearly-defined criteria by an independent consultant, who will present a shortlist to an independent judging panel that combines extensive knowledge of IT, strong links to the City of London and a deep understanding of the charity sector. The judging panel will be chaired by Sir Kenneth Olisa CBE, and also includes Chris Robinson MBE, Jo Connell OBE DL, Sheriff and Alderman Tim Hailes JP, Bharat Mehta CBE, Gary Moore, Debby Ounsted CBE and Eben Upton CBE.
Sir Kenneth Olisa comments: "I'm delighted that the WCIT Charity is launching this award. I believe technology has the power to break down exclusion, overcome barriers and strengthen communities, while supporting those challenged by disadvantage, disability or educational needs. It is my hope that this award will reward the efforts of a UK charity that is fully committed to using IT to make a real difference to the lives of people today and into the future.”
Jo O’Connell adds: “The award is an exciting opportunity to show how Information Technology can transform lives.”
The panel will select four finalists who will be notified by 1 July 2018 and will then be invited to submit a detailed proposal as well as additional documents. The WCIT Charity will be seeking evidence of the applicants’ ability to deliver on the proposal, and the independent consultant and the Clerk of WCIT will visit all finalists over the summer as part of the due diligence process.
The four finalists will be asked to present their projects to members of the WCIT and the judging panel during the evening of 17 September 2018, with the winning charity set to be announced on 10 October 2018. Interested parties can find out more here about the application process for the award and whether they are eligible to apply.
Notes to Editors
The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists (WCIT) is the 100th livery company of the City of London. It is a modern livery company guided by the four pillars of Industry, Fellowship, Education and Charity. It is proud of its vibrant and active membership and closely respects the history, heritage and traditions of the City of London. To find out more about WCIT please click here.
-ABOUT WCIT CHARITY-
WCIT Charity’s mission is to use IT skills to make a difference. In its brief 25-year history, it has achieved a huge amount, including spinning off two independent charities, the Charity IT Association and Lifelites; endowing a new school in Hammersmith; and supporting hundreds of individual causes through grants of almost £4 million. The charity believes that its model of IT with funding, pro bono expertise and cross-charity collaboration add exceptional value to the causes it supports.
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