Woman in Kenya waiting to have eye patch removed after surgery by The Fred Hollows Foundation
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Small NGO Impact Award

The Small NGO Impact Award recognises small organisations that make a big impact in people’s lives or drive positive change in the world.

Small organisations and charities across the UK carry out vital work with limited resources, but their crucial contribution is often unacknowledged. This new award shines a much-needed light on those organisations.


Our shortlist for the 2020 awards have been finalised. See who has been nominated now.

Check out the shortlist

Are you a small NGO with a big impact?

We want to hear from small organisations that have run or are running projects, programmes, campaigns or fundraising activities to help make the world a better place.

Judging criteria

Your images and accompanying entry form will be judged on the following criteria:

  • The narrative – how compellingly you tell the project’s story
  • The currency – how you interpret and respond to current global challenges
  • The reach – who and how many people were reached and how you measured this
  • The impact – what is the likelihood of impact and sustainability

This year’s winner

This year’s winner was announced online on 23 March 2020.

Winner: Teach a Man to Fish

Teach a Man to Fish trains teachers to deliver experiential education and embeds sustainable tools for entrepreneurship education in schools. Find out more.

Teach a man to fish

We received some great submissions from around the world and our judges chose the two projects below as finalists.

Shortlist: Advantage Africa

This project helps people with albinism to keep safe with sun protective resources and to lobby for inclusion of their needs within state health policies. Find out more.

SNUPA's leader Peter equipping young brothers with albinism with hats, sunscreen and knowledge to stay safe from skin cancer

Shortlist: Lorna Young Foundation

Farmers Voice Radio is transforming the lives of millions of farmers through the power of radio. Find out more.

Lorna Young Foundation,Farmers Voice Radio Listener Group in action, Tamale,Ghana May 2019

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