The Good Help Award

Open to applications
Application Deadline:       Closed


Financial award available to organisations or teams from within the public, voluntary, community or social enterprise sectors that demonstrates they are helping people transform their lives by helping them develop their sense of purpose and confidence to take action.

Value Notes

Minimum Value:  £5,000

Maximum Value:  £15,000

There are three awards available - one £15,000 winner, and two £5,000 runners up.

Extended Description

Nesta have launched the Good Help Award to discover more examples of 'good help' projects that are already happening across the country. The Good Help Award will reward an organisation or team that demonstrates they are helping people to find their sense of purpose and develop their confidence to take action to transform their lives, rather than focusing on fixing a problem for them.

'Good help' is core to many organisations trying to help people take action and improve their lives. Yet despite decades of research and good practice, 'good help' remains absent from many mainstream services and social programmes. Too many people receive 'bad help'.

'Bad help' can have acute and obvious consequences, such as homelessness or addiction, but also chronic and subtle effects which make activities, such as parenting and healthy eating, much harder, and sometimes impossible.

Nesta will use the award process to identify and celebrate all of the most promising 'good help' projects - not just the three winners - and will be looking for opportunities to share best practice and learning in ways that can help them all increase their impact.

Latest Information

The deadline for submissions for 2019 to be announced

Key Criteria

Organisations or teams from within the public, voluntary, community or social enterprise sectors in the UK are eligible to apply.

Commissioners and/or providers are also eligible to apply.

All applicants must be offering 'good help' through an established (ie operational for at least 12 months or more) project, programme or service in the UK.

Eligible Expenditure

The winners of these awards will be asked to spend the money on activities that support their 'good help'.

Application Procedure

Applications must be submitted online by the deadline.

Shortlisted applicants will be announced in June and invited to an exploration workshop in July.

Winners will be announced at a celebration event on 13 September.

Questions about the Award can be submitted online.

Addresses and contacts

Application forms may be available to download on their website.  

Contact details:
58 Victoria Embankment 
020 7438 2500