Community-based charities have one week left to enter the GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards. The awards recognise and reward community-based charities who contribute to the improvement of people’s health and well-being in Ireland.

This will be the fourth year of the GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards, an expansion of the global healthcare company’s IMPACT awards programme which has been running in the UK and USA for 20 years.

The awards are open to registered charities that are working in a health-related field in Ireland and are at least three years old.

Applicants are evaluated using six criteria from which the name ‘IMPACT’ is derived: Innovation, Management, Partnership, Achievement, Community focus and Targeting needs.

Up to five winning charities will receive €10,000 each in unrestricted funding, while five runner-up charities receive €2,000 each.

In addition to the prize money, winning charities also receive a specially commissioned video and photography package to help them promote their work.

Jacinta Collins, Communications Director for GSK, said: “There are thousands of “unsung healthcare heroes” all over the country that operate with purpose and passion to improve people’s health and well-being in their community and GSK wants to ensure they receive the recognition they deserve.

“Since establishing the initiative in Ireland, we have been truly inspired and moved by our wonderful winners and the huge contribution they are making to Irish health on a daily basis.

“We have every confidence that this year will be no different and we are really looking forward to reviewing the entries we receive.”

Organisations interested in applying for the ‘GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards’ must; be registered and located in the Republic of Ireland and be in existence for at least three year, have a total annual income of between €20,000 and €1 million, target community health needs in Ireland, with community defined as a geographical community or a community of interest and be able to point to a track record of achievement in community health issues.

The deadline for applications is 5pm Tuesday, June 19. Interested organisations can apply here.



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