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.
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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by 24
If you have any queries on the application process please
contact Social Investment Cymru on email@example.com or call 0800 2888
The winner will be announced at our AGM and Annual Lecture on 22
November 2017 in Llandudno.