Rural Community Awards

Rural Community Awards

Our Rural Community Awards help improve community spirit within rural neighbourhoods. There is a total prize fund of £6,000 on offer, with six prizes of £1,000 awarded. Through these awards we help and support communities working to improve their areas.

We offer three categories of award. These are:

The Cleaner and Greener Award

This category celebrates efforts to improve rural villages through a range of activities. These include litter pick-ups, the painting and maintenance of buildings, street planting and the creation of community gardens. It also rewards activities such as recycling and reducing waste.

The Community Spirit Award

This category rewards communities who make their village a better, safer place to live, and help to create a better quality of life. We want to hear about facilities, services and activities aimed at the elderly, young people, and ethnic minorities.

Sustainable Village of the Year

This village will be our overall winner, chosen from the other award categories. This award celebrates a community that has made its village a better place to live. Residents will have engaged in activities that encourage environmental, social and economic sustainability.

Within each category there are two awards, one each for villages with:

  • fewer than 1,000 residents
  • between 1,000 - 5,000 residents

Our 2019 awards are now open. You can download an application form by clicking the button below.

Download application form (PDF 324 KB)

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