New Prize Fund Launched

May 5, 2015

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Our new UK-wide prize fund challenges organisations, from the public, private and voluntary sectors, to put wellbeing at the heart of their work by empowering users and communities. We are offering up to £10,000 to the organisation which is doing the most to reshape services by putting citizens in the driving seat.

Since 2012 the Trust’s Enabling State programme has been exploring moves toward more flexible and responsive ‘enabling’ services and programmes that place citizen and community rather than provider interests first.

We have seen a growing awareness amongst policymakers and practitioners of the limitations of traditional ‘top down’ service design but also a gap between rhetoric and reality. We want to narrow this gap and support a successful shift toward more effective enabling approaches in policy and practice.

We believe our Enabling State Challenge will allow us to celebrate the success of those who are already working towards providing more power to citizens and communities, as well as provide us with an opportunity to demonstrate how concepts like empowerment and co-production can work in practise.

Those entering the competition will be assessed on their application of the eight steps in our ‘A Route Map to an Enabling State’ report. Examples include:  getting out of the way, giving people help to do more and investing in disadvantaged communities.

The judging panel for the competition will be made up of experts across the public, business and third sectors from around the country, including Sir John Elvidge and Sir Adrian Webb.

To enter the competition applicants are required to submit a three minute video alongside a written summary of their projects. Five projects will each be awarded £5,000. An overall winner from these five will then be decided by public vote, with a celebratory event to be held in London in November. The overall winner will also be presented with an extra £5,000 towards their project.

To apply or to view further examples of how organisations are currently working towards an enabling state approach, please visit: