The Christmas Challenge Awards is a chance for the Big Give to recognise the campaign’s most successful participating charities. Winning charities will be awarded cash prizes of £1,000 and upwards. Charities will be judged on:

There will be at least 8 awards made to charities including an overall winner and two runners up, best international charity, best UK charity, best “newcomer” to the Christmas Challenge, best small charity (annual income under £1m) and best children’s charity.

The awards will be judged by a panel chaired by Sir Alec Reed CBE (founder of the Big Give) and winners will be announced in February 2017. A short application will be circulated to eligible charities after the Christmas Challenge has been completed.

To be eligible for the awards, a charity must be in receipt of Champion and Pledge funds; must have at least hit their Christmas Challenge fundraising targets; and must have complied with the Christmas Challenge Terms & Conditions.

If you think you’re eligible and would like to apply, please email for instructions. The deadline to enter the Christmas Challenge Awards is 5pm, Friday 13th January 2017.