The Sheila McKechnie Awards, created to help those fighting for social, economic, and environmental change to develop their campaigning skills, invites applications from people campaigning to make a positive change in society. The Sheila McKechnie Foundation Award Winners receive a bespoke training and development support package delivered over six months to help award winners build their skills and knowledge to become more effective campaigners. This includes: one to one coaching from an expert campaigner, advice on how to secure media coverage, development of a campaign strategy, ideas to boost the campaign profile, and tips on how to influence politicians. There are a total of 9 awards, 1 of which is for international campaigners (in 80 eligible countries), the remainder for campaigners across the United Kingdom (UK). The Foundation believes that campaigning for change is an important part of a healthy democracy.


The following is a list of the UK-based awards:


  • Consumer Action
  • Environment  
  • Local Campaigner
  • London Social Justice 
  • Take Action (for campaigners aged 60+) 
  • Social and Economic Justice
  • Shout Out (14-18 years old)
  • Transport

International awards include the following:

  • International Campaigner

Deadline Date
Deadline Date: 
June 20, 2011
Application Info: 

Click here for more information and access to the application form.

Previous Winners: 

Click here to read about previous winners.


Email from Clare Parry to The Communication Initiative on May 25 2011.