Celton Manx is to support the work of 25 local causes this year through its Recognition sponsorship programme.
The scheme, targeted at local charities and not-for-profit organisations with limited resources for promoting and developing their services, was launched in January and attracted more than 150 applications.
Leading the awards selection team were Celton Manx chief executive Bill Mummery and head of business development Mike Stanton who said: ‘The level of interest Recognition generated from across such a wide range of worthy causes demanded that we applied a rigorous set of criteria when drawing up our shortlist.
‘That process, while exacting, was also, on occasions, quite humbling as it revealed the incredible dedication and passion of many small organisations struggling on very modest budgets to help turn people’s lives around.
‘In making these Recognition awards – not all of which are monetary – we were mindful to spread our support in a way that would benefit as wide a cross section of the community as possible and reflect the outstanding work being achieved by so many deserving and often “under the radar” causes.’
Mr Mummery said: ‘The third sector, as with public services and civil society generally, is having to adapt to new economic realities. Increasingly, charities and volunteer organisations are faced with the challenge of identifying how best to secure a sustainable future while also safeguarding and developing the services on which their clients depend.
‘In the first five years of operating Celton Manx has invested more than £750,000 in social action initiatives. The Recognition programme reflects the experience we have gained over that time and we hope the support it provides will help these charitable organisations be heard, develop new opportunities, become more entrepreneurial and reach out to wider audiences.’
Applications for the 2016 Recognition programme will be invited towards the end of 2015.