About the SURF Awards

SURF’s annual awards process is delivered in partnership with the Scottish Government. It is open to all community regeneration projects in Scotland that are currently in place or that have been completed within two years of the closing date. The purpose of the SURF Awards is:

  • To recognise and reward best practice and innovation in community regeneration;
  • To promote and disseminate best practice across Scotland as means of sharing knowledge and experience, and thereby enhancing future policy and practice;
  • To highlight the role that regeneration projects have in improving the wellbeing of individuals and communities.

The SURF Awards has been running since 1998. It provides an opportunity for regeneration projects of all sizes to demonstrate value to funders and partners, support team-building and develop a national profile. SURF Award winners also receive additional showcase opportunities through SURF activities throughout the following year.

The 2021 SURF Awards


  • Creative Regeneration
  • Housing and Regeneration
  • Community Led Regeneration
  • Supporting Youth Employability
  • Scotland’s Most Improved Place


At this time SURF plan to run the Awards process as per previous years, sticking to the dates listed below. Should physical visits not be possible SURF have alternative arrangements for this, and the Awards Dinner.

  • 3rd June: Awards open for applications
  • 6th September: Application period closes at 5pm
  • Mid-Sept – Nov: Assessment, shortlisting and site visits by 20 independent judging panel experts. Please note that the judges will specify the day to visit shortlisted projects, which will be between the 27th Sept – 28th Oct.*
  • 9th Dec – Results announced at a celebratory Dinner in the Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow*


SURF’s panel of 20 independent judges are drawn from national regeneration bodies and community groups. They carefully assessed all of the varied SURF Awards nominations in five thematic categories, visiting 15 different shortlisted initiatives from Dumfries and Galloway to Fraserburgh, before selecting the following category winners:

  • Housing and RegenerationStep Up-Step Down at the Telford Centre (Fort Augustus, Highland). Situated in the grounds of a rural care home, the development has provided independent living solutions for the ageing population in Fort Augustus, whilst also freeing up general need housing and care home places.
  • Creative RegenerationRIG Arts (Greenock, Inverclyde). A socially engaged arts charity who work with partners across Inverclyde and Renfrewshire to bring artists and communities together in a collaborative and creative way.
  • Community Led Regeneration: The Furniture Project (Stranraer) Ltd (Stranraer, Dumfries and Galloway). Set up by a group of local activists the project provides affordable furniture to families on low income whilst also reducing the amount of household items and white goods that go to landfill.
  • Supporting Youth Employability: Move On: Employability Fund (Glasgow). Move On provide disadvantaged young people with the opportunity to gain employment focused skills, qualifications and practical work experience at their FareShare Warehouse in Scotstoun.
  • Scotland’s Most Improved Place: Regenerating Fraserburgh (Aberdeenshire). Through investment from the public and private sector and programmes of heritage and conservation reinstatement, the town is being lifted and renewed.

2021 SURF Awards Shortlist

Having assessed applications from Lewis to the Scottish Borders, across five categories, SURF’s independent panel of 20 judges, drawn from national bodies and community groups, have agreed upon 15 shortlisted projects for 2021. By category, they are:

Housing and Regeneration:

  • The Old Police Station, Langholm (Dumfries and Galloway)
  • Affordable housing at former school on Abergeldie Road, Ballater (Aberdeenshire)
  • Step Up – Step Down at the Telford Centre (Fort Augustus)

Supporting Youth Employability:

  • Eat, Sleep, Ride CIC (Scottish Borders)
  • The Larder (West Lothian)
  • Move On: Employability Fund (Glasgow)

Creative Regeneration:

  • Museum of Things (Maryhill)
  • Toonspeak Young People’s Theatre – Recovery Programme (Glasgow)
  • RIG Arts (Greenock)

Community Led Regeneration:

  • The Furniture Project (Stranraer) LTD (Stranraer)
  • Greener Kirkcaldy (Fife)
  • Bridgend Farmhouse Community Hub (Edinburgh)

Scotland’s Most Improved Place:

  • Remaking Saracen (Glasgow)
  • Regenerating Fraserburgh (Aberdeenshire)
  • Ochiltree (East Ayrshire)


Download a digital copy of the Awards Publication, featuring all 15 projects

Awards Pub ’21

Previous SURF Awards

A full summary of the 2020 SURF Awards outcomes is available here.

A full summary of the 2019 SURF Awards outcomes is available here.

A full summary of the 2018 SURF Awards outcomes is available here.

A full summary of the 2017 SURF Awards outcomes is available here.

A full summary of the 2016 SURF Awards outcomes is available here.

A full summary of the 2015 SURF Awards outcomes is available here.

A full summary of the 2014 SURF Awards outcomes is available here.

Information on all recent annual SURF Awards iterations can be accessed on this webpage.

Creative Scotland
Glasgow City Council
Historic Environment Scotland
Museums Galleries Scotland
Scottish Enterprise
Scottish Federation of Housing Associations
Scottish Gad
Scottish Government
Skills Development Scotland
Wheatley Group