2013 Carnegie Challenge Funding Announced

Carnegie UK Trust is offering up to ten not-for-profit organisations from the UK and Ireland the opportunity to be awarded £3k to hold inspiring debates, or to put towards larger events such as annual conferences.

To qualify for the funding, the Trust asks that any activity that funding is being applied for is used towards a high calibre debate and should attract leading public policy thinkers and commentators to debate issues of public concern.

Previous awards of the Carnegie Challenge have gone towards a ‘connecting communities’ debate at the National Active Travel conference and topically, a panel debate on the future of news with The Media Trust.  Previous panellists have included senior media figures, such as Janet Street Porter, and specialist academics as well as speakers from out with the UK and Ireland to provide expert information and inspiration.

“Given the current economic background it is more important than ever that we harness clear thinking and debate..."

Jennifer Wallace, Policy Manager at the Carnegie UK Trust said: “This is the third year we will have run the Carnegie Challenge and we are hoping for the same positive results. The money is not designed to cover the full costs of conferences but instead as a contribution towards expenses or travel costs of speakers which may help improve the quality of the panel involved.

“Given the current economic background it is more important than ever that we harness clear thinking and debate to improve the lives of people across the UK and Ireland.  The most successful Carnegie Challenge debates have brought together panellists from different perspectives, to explore issues in detail and engage the audience proactively in the debate. This fund is a key part of what Carnegie UK Trust stands for and has strived to achieve over the last 100 years.”

Events must be aligned with the Trust’s strategic remit to improving the lives and wellbeing of people across the UK and Ireland. This means fitting within the Trust’s three focus areas; People and Place, Knowledge and Culture and Enterprise and Society. 

Jennifer continued: “We look forward to receiving the usual high calibre of submissions. I am sure that competition will be fierce with many worthy contenders but having to make difficult choices is a good problem to have.”

The 3 applicable deadlines for submission are:

  1. The end of Feb 2013 for events March to May
  2. The end of May 2013 for events June to August
  3. The end of August 2013 for events September to December.

Further details on entry qualifications and how to apply can be found on the Carnegie UK Trust website at: www.carnegieuktrust.org.uk