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 2018 SURF Awards

This year marks the 2oth Anniversary of the SURF Awards and SURF will be celebrating this milestone in a number of different ways throughout the year.

‘Weathering the storm – like many of our community projects the little frog is holding on in there and riding out the storm’


  • Creative Regeneration
  • Housing
  • Community Led Regeneration
  • Youth Employability: Overcoming Barriers
  • Scotland’s Most Improved Place


  • 12th June: Awards open for applications
  • 17th September: Application period closes at 5pm
  • Mid-Sept – Nov: Assessment, shortlisting and site visits by 20 independent judging panel experts
  • 6th Dec – Results announced at a celebratory Dinner in the Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow

2018 Winners

Having assessed more than 65 applications across five categories, SURF’s panel of 20 judges, drawn from national bodies and community groups, have agreed upon 15 shortlisted projects for 2018. The winners were announced at a celebratory dinner on the 6th Dec in the Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow, by Cabinet Secretary for Local Government and Communities, Aileen Campbell MSP.

The winners are;

 Housing: Chapelpark: A New Beginning (Forfar, Angus)

 Youth Employability: Overcoming Barriers: Pathfinder Programme (Yoker, Glasgow)

2018 ’20th Anniversary’ Winners

 Creative Regeneration: Findhorn Bay Arts (Forres)

 Community Led Regeneration: Papay Community Cooperative (Papa Westray, Orkney)

 Scotland’s Most Improved Place: Westray Development Trust (Orkney)

You can read more about all 15 shortlisted projects in our Awards Publication

SURF Awards Publication 2018

SURF will be hosting a series of Shared Learning events in May 2019 where the projects will share their successes and also the challenges they have faced. Keep an eye on the SURF Events Page for more information.

SURF Awards Film and Presentation

Below is a short presentation that was shown at the Awards Dinner of past winners certificates in situ in offices, cafe’s and receptions across Scotland.

Past Winners Certificates

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 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 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.

Aberdeen City Council
Creative Scotland
Dundee Partnership
Glasgow City Council
Heritage Lottery Fund
Highlands and Islands Enterprise
Museums Galleries Scotland
Scottish Federation of Housing Associations
Scottish Fog
Scottish Government
Skills Development Scotland
Wheatley Group