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 2020 SURF Awards


The 2020 SURF Awards will have a particular focus, where relevant, on the ability of projects to adapt or deliver new services to support their communities through the Covid-19 crisis. Projects can be judged on up to two years of previous activities, and will not be negatively scored for failing to deliver on outcomes set for 2020 which were impacted by Covid-19.


As chameleons have the ability to adapt their colour to match their surroundings, organisations and community groups across Scotland have adapted their services to support their communities during the Covid crisis.

  • 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.

  • 4th June: Awards open for applications
  • 7th 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 28rd Sept – 29th Oct.
  • 18th Feb – 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, virtually visiting 15 different shortlisted initiatives from Dumfries and Galloway to Gairloch and Campbeltown, before selecting the following category winners:

  • Housing and Regeneration: Nith Valley Leaf Trust Community-Owned Passivhaus Project (Closeburn, Dumfries and Galloway). Scotland’s first community-owned homes built to ‘Passivhaus’ ultralow energy standards met two distinct community needs around a lack of affordable housing and addressing fuel poverty.
  • Creative Regeneration: The Glasgow Barons (Govan, Glasgow). A Govan based orchestra initiative which brings the community together for musical performances, showcases local talent and highlights Govan’s historical architecture.
  • Community Led Regeneration: The Tannahill Centre (Ferguslie Park, Paisley). An under-utilised centre has reformed its role and become a trusted community hub, providing an enhanced portfolio of services, and better engaging with the local community.
  • Supporting Youth Employability: Street League: Head, Body, Future (National). Head Body Future (HBF) is Street League’s online youth employment service, which works with young people who face insecurity every day.
  • Scotland’s Most Improved Place: Campbeltown Town Centre (Argyll and Bute). A combination of community-led regeneration and a multimillion pound renovation project have produced a thriving town centre, and Campbeltown is becoming an increasingly attractive place to live, work and invest.
  • Special Recognition Award: Ambitious Partnership for Improvement (Larkhall, South Lanarkshire). A collaborative community effort in Larkhall, South Lanarkshire, for their outstanding effort to support their local community weather the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.


Housing and Regeneration:

  • Dunarn Street, Newtyle (Angus)
  • Gairloch (Wester Ross)

Supporting Youth Employability:

  • Move On: Employability Fund (Glasgow)
  • Community Renewal Trust: Youth Employability Team (Edinburgh)

Creative Regeneration:

  • Plantation Productions: Creative Steps to Positive Mental Health (Govan)
  • Toonspeak Young People’s Theatre (Glasgow)

Community Led Regeneration:

  • Bridgend Farmhouse Community Hub (Edinburgh)
  • Rom Romeha (Govanhill)

Scotland’s Most Improved Place:

  • Fernbrae Meadows, Rutherglen (South Lanarkshire)
  • New Cumnock (East Ayrshire)

Special Recognition Award:

  • Feldy-Roo (Aberfeldy)
  • “We Stand Better When We Stand Together” (Glenrothes)


A digital copy of the 2020 SURF Award publication featuring details on all of the projects shortlisted.

2020 SURF Awards Publication

Previous SURF Awards

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
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