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 Shortlist

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. By category, they are:


  • Park Ecovillage Trust West Whins Affordable Flats (Forres)
  • Brand Street/Harvie Street, Cessnock (Glasgow)
  • Chapelpark: A New Beginning (Forfar, Angus)

 Youth Employability: Overcoming Barriers:

  • Pathfinder Programme (Yoker, Glasgow)
  • Kingdom Works (Glenrothes, Fife)
  • Pathway to Success (East Renfrewshire)

 Creative Regeneration:

  • WHALE Arts (Wester Hailes)
  • Reachout: Creative Communities (Alloa)
  • Findhorn Bay Arts (Forres)

 Community Led Regeneration:

  • Creetown Initiative (Dumfires and Galloway)
  • Papay Community Cooperative (Papa Westray, Orkney)
  • St Paul’s Youth Forum (Glasgow)

 Scotland’s Most Improved Place:

  • Dundee Central Waterfront
  • Westray Development Trust (Orkney)
  • Fort William High Street

Awards Dinner

The five category winners will then be announced by Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government, Aileen Campbell MSP, on the evening of Thursday 6 December at the Special 20th Anniversary Presentation Dinner event in Glasgow’s Grand Central Hotel. We are delighted to have Actor and Director Iain Robertson as our After Dinner Speaker.

Places cost £80(plus VAT) and a table of 10 costs £720 (plus VAT). You can book a place by completing the Booking Form below and returning to emma@surf.scot. Alternatively, if you have any queries please contact Emma Scott on 0141 4406392.

2018 SURF Awards Presentation Dinner Booking Form

Dress Code: Smart/Casual. Not Black Tie.

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.

The SURF Awards concludes with a popular Presentation Dinner

The SURF Awards concludes with a popular Presentation Dinner

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