Supporting great leadership in the third sector

The Walter Dickie Leadership Bursary aims to help leaders in the third sector to develop their entrepreneurial leadership skills. Each year WCVA will award £2,500 to support an individual in Wales to become a better leader.Walter Dickie medium
As a member of WCVA's board Walter Dickie's expertise, experience and commitment to the third sector have had a profound impact on the work of WCVA and those who had the pleasure of working with him.

For more than ten years Walter supported WCVA as a trustee where he played an instrumental role in guiding the organisation and helping to set up the groundbreaking Communities Investment Fund which lends money to social businesses. That fund still runs today and remains the cornerstone of so much of our ongoing social investment activity.

Thanks to Walter's dedication, WCVA has been able to lend nearly eight million pounds to community organisations, many working in the most deprived areas of Wales. Amongst a myriad of successes, the fund has helped save the last pubs in rural communities, given a kick start to the extreme sports boom in North Wales, provided a safe environment for children whose foster care has broken down, brought old buildings back into community use, created hundreds of jobs and enabled communities to control assets in their own towns and villages.

Walter sadly passed away this year so to honour his memory, and continue the development of entrepreneurial leadership in the third sector that he gave so much time to support, WCVA has set up The Walter Dickie Leadership Bursary.

About the bursary

A bursary of £2,500 will be awarded annually to someone in a leadership role within a third sector organisation in Wales to help them become a more entrepreneurial leader. This could be someone working in a social enterprise with an idea of how to develop their trading activity, or a leader within the third sector who wants to generate income from trading for the first time.

The parameters of how the bursary can be spent are open and applicants are encouraged to come up with interesting ideas to support their own development as an entrepreneurial leader. Walter had a passion for travel and for learning, and WCVA wanted this bursary to reflect that. The money could for instance be used:

  • on a particular course of study
  • on funding a visit, possibly overseas, to see how others approach things, or
  • simply anything that the beneficiary feels will move them and their organisation forward

The only limits are in your imagination!

There is no formal scoring system for applications. The judging panel are looking for the proposal that inspires them most and is in keeping with the ethos of the award. All that is asked in return is that successful applicants share their experiences within their own organisation, with WCVA and with the wider sector.

How to apply

To apply for The Walter Dickie Leadership Bursary all you need to do is complete an application form and return it to by 24 October 2017.

If you have any queries on the application process please contact Social Investment Cymru on or call 0800 2888 329.

The winner will be announced at our AGM and Annual Lecture on 22 November 2017 in Llandudno.