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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 offer 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 2017 SURF Awards

Shortlisted SURF Awards projects are showcased in an annual publication

Shortlisted SURF Awards projects are showcased in an annual publication

The provisional timescale for the 2017 SURF Awards process is:

  • Mid-June: Launch of application materials
  • Mid-September: Closing date for applications
  • October & November: Assessment, shortlisting and site visits by independent judging panel
  • Early December: Results announced by leading national politician at a convivial Presentation Dinner event

The specific dates and categories of entry will be published here following agreement with SURF Awards partner organisations. If you would like to receive updates, please sign up for our monthly email bulletin.

The 2016 SURF Awards

The outcomes of the 2016 SURF Awards were announced by Local Government and Housing Minister Kevin Stewart MSP at a celebratory presentation dinner in Glasgow’s Grand Central Hotel on Tuesday 6 December.

Mr Stewart revealed that after assessing nominations and visiting 13 shortlisted projects in four thematic categories, the 18 independent experts on the 2016 SURF Awards judging panel had selected the following four initiatives as category winners:

  • Community Led Regeneration: Tomintoul & Glenlivet (Moray)
  • Creative Regeneration: The Stove Network (Dumfries)
  • Scotland’s Most Improved Town: Lochgelly (Fife)
  • Youth Employability: Street League

Further information on these, and all projects shortlisted for the 2016 SURF Awards, is available in an in-depth summary publication available for download via the following link:

2016 SURF Awards Magazine

In May 2017, SURF will deliver a series of free thematic workshops focusing on transferable learning outcomes from the winning projects. Sign up for our monthly ebulletin if you would like to find out more. 

The 2016 SURF Awards process was delivered by SURF in partnership with the Scottish Government, and with additional support from Architecture & Design Scotland, Creative Scotland, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scotland’s Towns Partnership, and Skills Development Scotland.

Clockwise from top left: Tomintoul & Glenlivet; Street League; Lochgelly; The Stove Network.

2016 winners, clockwise from top left: Tomintoul; Street League; Lochgelly; The Stove Network.

Previous SURF Awards

A full summary of the 2015 SURF Awards outcomes is available on this webpage.

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.

The SURF Awards concludes with a popular Presentation Dinner

The SURF Awards concludes with a popular Presentation Dinner

Aberdeen City Council
Capital City Partnership
Clyde Gateway
Creative Scotland
Dundee Partnership
Edinburgh City Council
Glasgow City Council
Glasgow Housing Association
Highlands and Islands Enterprise
Jobs and Business Glasgow
Scottish Federation of Housing Associations
Scottish Government
Skills Development Scotland