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About the Awards

One of Third Sector's most important missions – and passions – is to recognise the achievements of charities and provide a platform for examples of good practice.  

The Third Sector Awards provide an opportunity for voluntary organisations of all sizes, and the people who work for them, to celebrate their work and the real difference they make to society.


Whether it is supporting beneficiaries, raising awareness of crucial issues or driving best practice among their peers, the vital contributions of charities cannot be overstated. We want to use Third Sector's platform to thank the individuals and teams working their hardest to deliver at a time when they have never been more needed.


Entering the Third Sector Awards is your opportunity to shout about just how great your charity, organisation or team is. This is the chance to bring your work to life, tell its story and be awarded for it. The Third Sector Awards pride themselves on educating and inspiring the sector, as well as offering every entrant detailed feedback on their entry from our expert panel of judges.

The awards also offer a free entry scheme for charities with an annual income of less than £100,000.

Small and Micro Charities

Small and micro charities make up the majority of the third sector landscape, and most local and BAME-led charities fall within this group.

At Third Sector, we want to celebrate the vital work of these organisations and individuals, and we recognise that an awards entry fee can be a barrier to access.

Ahead of the 2023 Third Sector Awards we are offering a batch of 15 free entries to the Talent Awards to charities with an annual income of less than £100,000.

Eligible organisations can register their interest in entering, and the category they would like to submit an entry to. Following the registration deadline of Wednesday 15th March, entries will be randomly allocated to interested applicants.

Ahead of the judging days, entrants will be invited to a free awards workshop, where they will be given practical advice and guidance on submitting a winning entry from our Acting Editor, Andy Ricketts, and our Chair Judge.

Key Information

Important dates for your diary

Key Dates:

Early Bird Deadline - 3rd May 2023

Standard Deadline - 24th May 2023


Early Bird

Large charity (Over £3M) - £280.00 for first entry, £250.00 for others

Medium (£500K-£3M) - £160.00 for first entry, £130.00 for others

Small (Below £500K) - £80.00 for first entry, £50.00 for others


Large charity (Over £3M) - £380.00 for first entry, £350.00 for all others

Medium (£500K-£3M) - £260.00 for first entry, £230.00 for all others

Small (Below £500K) - £180.00 for first entry, £150.00 for all others

Entering to benefit you

For Organisations of All Sizes

The Third Sector Awards are a great opportunity for charities, not-for-profits and voluntary organisation of all sizes to celebrate their work and shine a spotlight on the difference they make to society.

Our Winners Matter

Winning a Third Sector Award doesn't end when the ceremony is over! Past winners are invited back as judges, giving them further insight into the awards.

We Know How to Celebrate

The awards night provides a unique opportunity for charities to bring together their teams and thank them for the contribution. 

Gain Invaluable Opportunities and PR

Boosts credibility and increases awareness of your organisation, which can help convince even more donors and funders that you’re a cause worth supporting.

First Class Judging Panel

An elite panel of senior professionals across the sector of judges chosen by Third Sector Awards.

Categories 2023

The available categories to choose from include...

Excellence Awards

Best Charity film

Best use of social media

Best service delivery innovation

Big Impact Award

Brand Development

Breakthrough of the Year

Financial Excellence Award

Charity Chair of the Year

Marketing Campaign of the Year

Charity Chief Executive

Communications Agency of the Year

Communications Campaign of the Year

Digital Innovation of the Year

Enterprise Award

Fundraising Campaign

Small Charity, Big Achiever

Partnership Awards

Charity Partnership of the Year

Corporate Partnership of the Year - large

Corporate Partnership of the Year - medium

Corporate Partnership of the Year - small

Talent Awards

Charity of the Year - large

Charity of the Year - small

Charity of the Year - medium

Community Champion

Communications Team of the Year

Digital champion of the Year

Finance Team of the Year

Fundraising Team of the Year

Frontline Team of the Year

Rising Chief Executive

Rising Star

Unsung Hero

Volunteer of the Year

Volunteer Team of the Year

2023 Judging Panel

Judges to be announced soon..

An elite panel of judges chosen by Third Sector Awards will be responsible for reviewing and scoring each entry submitted. These judges include senior professionals across the sector. Judges will be chosen because of their professional and wide-ranging level of expertise.  If you would like to be considered for part of the 2023 judging panel, please submit your nomination below.