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 2019 SURF Awards


Much like community regeneration projects, bumblebees play an essential role in helping the communities we live in to thrive.

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


  • 6th June: Awards open for applications
  • 2nd 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 23rd Sept – 30th Oct.
  • 5th Dec – Results announced at a celebratory Dinner in the Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow

2019 Winners

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 Inverness and Drumnadrochit, before selecting the following category winners:

  • Community Led Regeneration: Ochiltree Community Hub (East Ayrshire). The community aimed to save the community centre by taking it into community ownership and expanding its service provision.
  • Creative Regeneration: WHALE Arts (Wester Hailes, Edinburgh). The community led arts charity and social enterprise create the conditions for the community of Wester Hailes to work alongside artists and cultural practitioners to become agents for change.
  • Housing and Regeneration: Glenurquhart Care Project (Drumnadrochit, Highlands). Led by the GCP, the ambitious project developed suitable housing and facilities in Drumnadrochit that enables elderly people to remain in the community and be cared for locally.
  • Supporting Youth Employability: Achieving the Right Transferable Skills for Todays Job Market! (Dumfries and Galloway). Led by Dumfries and Galloway Council, the programme helps young people bridge the gap between education and employment, with a particular award focussing on careers in farming.
  • Scotland’s Most Improved Place: Calton Barras (Glasgow). Over the last ten years, Glasgow City Council, in consultation with local residents, traders and other stakeholders, have worked to respond to challenges of deprivation and poor urban connectivity and environment through a series of strategies and action plans.


Read more about all 15 projects in the SURF Awards Publication 2019

2019 Shortlist

 Housing and Regeneration:

  • Glenurquhart Care Project (Drumnadrochit)
  • Fraser Avenue, Inverkeithing (Fife)
  • Shawbridge Street, Pollokshaws (Glasgow)

Supporting Youth Employability:

  • Community Renewal Trust’s Employment Safety Net (Edinburgh)
  • Young Enterprise Scotland: Pathway Programme (Glasgow)
  • Achieving the Right Transferable Skills for Todays Job Market! (Dumfries and Galloway)

 Creative Regeneration:

  • Glasgow Barons (Govan)
  • WHALE Arts (Wester Hailes)
  • Inverness  Creative Academy (Inverness)

 Community Led Regeneration:

  • Barholm Centre (Dumfries and Galloway)
  • Ochiltree Community Hub (East Ayrshire)
  • Strathard: People at the heart of regeneration (Aberfoyle)

Scotland’s Most Improved Place:

  • Calton Barras (Glasgow)
  • Blackhill and Provanmill (St Paul’s Youth Forum) (Glasgow)
  • New Cumnock (East Ayrshire)

SURF Awards Film

SURF commissioned former Award winner Plantation Productions to make a short film looking back at 20 years of the SURF Awards. This film was showcased at the 2018 Awards Dinner. The film is now on our YouTube channel at the link below.

SURF Awards Film

Previous SURF Awards

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
Dundee Partnership
Glasgow City Council
Highlands and Islands Enterprise
Historic Environment Scotland
Museums Galleries Scotland
Scottish Enterprise
Scottish Federation of Housing Associations
Scottish Gad
Scottish Government
Skills Development Scotland
Wheatley Group