CSJ Awards

About the Awards

The CSJ Awards is an annual event to showcase, celebrate, and reward the very best grassroots charities and social enterprises from local communities throughout the UK. These organisations have developed effective and innovative ways of addressing entrenched social issues, and work with some of the hardest to reach people in the UK.

The CSJ Awards exist to ensure that those working to tackle poverty around the country are heard by decision makers in Westminster. Previous winners have helped to tackle modern slavery, rehabilitate ex-offenders, improve educational outcomes in deprived areas, and bring isolated older people back into the community.

The impact of winning a CSJ Award is long-lasting and helps these organisations to grow and widen the reach of their inspirational work. Previous winners have been profiled on prime-time television, had their services rolled out in every school across the country, and secured over half a million pounds in additional funding as a result of the exposure that the CSJ Awards gave them.

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How have the award winners been chosen?

Every year, the CSJ team combs the country to identify the most outstanding, innovative, and effective organisations who fight poverty on the frontline. We look for charities that help the hardest to reach, inspire us with their impact, and have discovered ways of scaling their work beyond their own neighbourhood. A team of judges, with a wealth of experience across a wide range of sectors, come together to select the winners.

CSJ Awards 2024 – Application Process

Given the demands on small charities at the moment – and the need to devote resources on vital program delivery – the 2024 selection process will draw on 2023 applications and CSJ Alliance charities to form a longlist – with longlisted charities then invited to submit entries.

Longlisted charities will be contacted by the CSJ Foundation team by March 29th.

Updates will be posted on this page and our social media channels.

Thank you to everyone who has expressed an interest in the 2024 CSJ Awards.

For further information, please contact Steve Meadwell.

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2023 Winners

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Children Heard and Seen

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Chairman’s Award

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Chairman’s Award: Siobhan’s Foundation

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“Winning the CSJ Award in 2010 was a fantastic moment for Into University. It was the moment we began to think of our expansion beyond London. We were working with 5000 people in six deprived London boroughs. Now Into University is working with over 40,000 young people each year.”
Hannah Purkiss, Into University
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“Winning the CSJ Award in 2018 was a game-changer…. it enabled us to leverage national media coverage.”
Josh Babarinde OBE, Founder of CrackedIt, who has since been awarded an OBE and gone on to stand for public office as an MP
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“We really want to keep our collaboration with the CSJ because we see them as a way of us getting our message to the people who can change policy and make a difference.”
Al Crisci, Founder of The Clink, Winner in 2017


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