GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) IMPACT Awards

Status:  Open to applications

Application Deadline: 20 September 2018


Annual awards programme open to registered charities working in the UK to improve people's health and wellbeing.

Maximum Turnover: £ 2,500,000
Minimum Turnover: £ 80,000
Maximum Value: £ 40,000
Minimum Value: £ 3,000

Value Notes

Up to ten winners will receive £30,000 unrestricted funding with one overall winner receiving £40,000.

Winners will also receive free training and development valued at up to £6,000, a specially commissioned professional film and photographs along with publicity and press support.

The ten winning charities are given the opportunity to take part in a training and development programme and join the Network of GSK IMPACT Award winners.

Up to ten runners-up will receive £3,000.


Turnover notes

Maximum annual income must not exceed £2.5 million.

Extended Description

The IMPACT Awards are an annual programme sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline and administered by the King's Fund.

They are designed to recognise and reward small to medium sized charities that are doing excellent work to improve people’s health and wellbeing.

Latest Information

The deadline for applications to the 2019 Awards is 20 September 2018 (5pm).                                        

Key Criteria

Charities that are located and registered in the UK are eligible to apply.

Charities must:

  • Have existed for a minimum of three years by the deadline of the application.
  • Be small or medium sized with a total annual income of between £80,000 and £2.5 million as shown in their most recent accounts.
  • Be independently constituted from any national umbrella organisation.
  • Target community health needs in the UK. Community can be defined as a geographical community or a community of interest.
  • Have a track record of achievement in community health issues.

Organisations registered in the UK but working in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland can apply.

Previous GSK IMPACT Award winners can re-apply five years after winning. Other shortlisted organisations can re-apply for any year.

Eligible Expenditure

The award winners can decide how they want to spend the award money


Awards will not be given in respect of the following organisations:

  • Research bodies.
  • Advice agencies.
  • Organisations principally concerned with broad social welfare work. Organisations must be able to clearly demonstrate their impact on their target community’s health.

Award Categories

The Awards recognise excellence in existing work and do not seek to fund new projects. An application which only focuses on a particular project will not be shortlisted. The assessment is based on the work of the whole organisation and the assessment will focus on excellence in the six areas of IMPACT. The judges will be looking for evidence of:

  • Innovation: Leadership, creativity and initiative in addressing current challenges in healthcare access and delivery.
  • Management: Efficient use of resources; quality of management processes; equality of opportunity; clear objectives and plans; strength and financial effectiveness of the organisation.
  • Partnership: Working effectively with others (members, users, voluntary, private and public sector partners, etc.); willingness to share 'best practice' and to learn from others.
  • Achievement: Measurable results achieved; numbers of people benefited; impact on access to healthcare; a reflective approach to evaluation of the work; measurement and monitoring of performance; being able to report on outcomes and impact.
  • Community focus: Involving and responding to users and the community; openness and provision of information; adaptability to changing circumstances and needs.
  • Targeting needs: Awareness of community issues and priorities and having a detailed understanding of the target community; ensuring services are accessible to, and focus on, people in need.

Application Procedure

The 2019 guidelines and the online application form are available from the King's Fund website.

Applicants must nominate two referees to support their application and include their most recent annual report and accounts.

A short listing panel will review all the applications and mark them against the IMPACT criteria. Up to 20 organisations will be shortlisted and visited by an independent assessor.

Addresses and contacts

Application forms may be available to download their website.
Contact details:
GSK Impact Awards
King's Fund 
11-13 Cavendish Square 
020 7307 2400