GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Triangle Community Foundation have issued the 2013 GSK IMPACT Awards Call for Applications. This annual awards program will honor up to ten local nonprofits in Research Triangle Park and the surrounding region with $40,000 each in recognition of their achievements and innovations in improving community health.

The GSK IMPACT Awards honor innovative, collaborative, and evidence-based programs that are helping people – especially underserved populations – live healthier lives, and contributing to the health of the Triangle Region.

To qualify for a GSK IMPACT Award applicants must be physically located in Chatham, Durham, Granville, Person, Orange, and/or Wake Counties and have annual total operating expenses between $160,000 and $5 million. To view the additional criteria and to apply, visit www.gskimpact-us.com. The application deadline is Friday, May 31, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. EDT. For questions, contact GlaxoSmithKline Community Partnerships at (919) 483-2669 or GSK US-Communications@gsk.com.

The scope of this year’s GSK IMPACT Awards has expanded to focus on improving access to health. Eligible programs now include ones that promote healthy lifestyles, advance educational outcomes, and address other determinants of our health. The expanded focus aligns with GSK’s efforts to explore what it means, and what it takes to be a healthy community. In 2012, GSK kicked off an initiative to better understand how it can more effectively partner to build healthy communities, and this work continues in 2013.

A panel comprised of local and national health experts and representatives from GSK will evaluate the applications. Finalists will be notified in the summer, and winners will be notified in the fall following site visits to observe the submitted projects. The GSK IMPACT Awards will be presented at a ceremony in the Research Triangle Park in late 2013.