IT award worth £750,000 up for grabs

The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists is offering one grant to charities with annual incomes between £2m and £10m

Charities are being invited to apply for a new IT award worth £750,000.

The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists announced this week that all UK charities with annual incomes between £2m and £10m are eligible to apply.

The WCIT, which is the 100th livery company of the City of London, said in a statement that it would choose a project that uses IT to help either young people’s education or people facing disadvantage, disability or social exclusion.

It said the project should be "innovative, ambitious and evidence-based" and make "a positive, lasting difference to people’s lives".

The award will be open for applications between 23 April and 18 May. A consultant will then present a shortlist to a judging panel with knowledge of the charity sector and IT and links to the City of London.

The panel will select four finalists, which will be notified by 1 July and invited to submit detailed proposals.

The winning charity will be announced on 10 October.

Mike Jenkins, clerk of the WCIT, said: "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."

Sir Kenneth Olisa, chair of the judging panel, said: "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."

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