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Scotland Loves Local Awards

8 July 2021

Scotland Loves Local Awards

The Scotland Loves Local Awards are a celebration of all that is great about Scotland’s towns and neighbourhoods.

The Awards are part of the Scotland Loves Local campaign, a national initiative backed by a range of partners, including the Scottish Government and the Federation of Small Businesses, designed to encourage those who live in Scotland to think local first and support their high streets safely and in line with the public health guidelines.

The outbreak of COVID-19 has caused significant challenges for town centres, high streets, and local businesses across Scotland. Despite losing significant and vital trade, many have gone to great lengths to support the most vulnerable members of our communities.

The Purpose of the Scotland Loves Local Awards is to:

- Recognise and reward remarkable dedication and commitment towards shaping a sustainable, successful future with localism at its heart.

- Highlight the people, places, and projects which are leading the way in making a difference, delivering benefits which will help make Scottish communities cleaner, greener, stronger and fairer whether through design, delivery or sheer determination.


Place-Based Awards:

Climate Town Award – Any project or initiative which contributes to environmental sustainability or natural beauty of a place.

Creative Town Award – Initiatives which contribute to the creative viability or unique identity of a place.

Streets and Spaces Award – Initiatives to improve the physical space for the wellbeing of local residents and visitors, including supporting the 20 Minute Neighbourhood concept.

Innovative Town Award – Projects which support innovative practices regarding local economic activity or the use of digital technologies.

Town Centre Living Award – Developments which support the residential offer in town centres or city neighbourhoods.

Individual Awards:

Place Leader Award – Presented to any individual who has played an exceptional role in driving the development or regeneration of a city district, town, or smaller settlement.

High Street Hero – Presented to a business, organisation, constituted charity or social enterprise (including an individual associated with an organisation) which has gone above and beyond to support those around them, whether inside or outwith the COVID-19 pandemic.[Criteria for each award can be found at].

Key Dates

- Closing date for applications: Friday 10th September 2021 (5pm)

- Awards ceremony broadcast: Thursday 25th November2021

How to Apply

Applications can be submitted using the website forms found at

Alternatively, applications can be submitted as a word document application form and sent to Word document applications are found at

Please note application forms differ for Place-Based Awards and Individual Awards.

Please ensure submissions are completed by Friday 10th September.

For queries regarding the Scotland Loves Local Awards, please contact Alison Jones at