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SURF Regeneration Awards 2021

8 June 2021

SURF Awards 2021

The SURF awards are delivered in partnership with the Scottish Government to highlight, celebrate, and share the achievements of local initiatives that combat physical, social, and economic challenges in communities across Scotland.

The awards are open to any project or initiative, taking place in Scotland, which is currently in place or which has been completed within two years of the closing date.

Running since 1998, the awards offer an opportunity for regeneration projects of all sizes to demonstrate value to funders and partners, to support team-building, and to develop a national profile. Winning projects will also be showcased in a variety of SURF and Scottish Government events, publications and online channels in 2022.

The purpose of the SURF Awards is to:

  • Recognise and reward best practice and innovation in community regeneration;
  • Promote best practice across Scotland as a means of sharing knowledge and experience to enhance future policy and practice;
  • Highlight the role that regeneration projects have in improving the well-being of individuals and communities.

The 2021 SURF Award Categories

There are five categories of entry in the 2021 SURF Awards:

Scotland’s Most Improved Place – aims to identify, celebrate, and share the positive impacts of participative planning and regeneration processes in Scottish places.

Housing and Regeneration – intends to recognise and promote the achievements of housing providers in ensuring their investments are planned/delivered in a way which produces substantial, lasting benefits to resident communities and the shared aims of wider regeneration partners.

Support Youth Employability – aims to identify a project that supports community regeneration by providing skills and employability support to help young people (aged 16-29) fulfil their potential.

Creative Regeneration – rewards best practice in placing artists, arts and creativity at the heart of community regeneration efforts. Includes creative organisations and projects that support the ongoing recovery and rebuilding of their communities.

Community Led Regeneration – rewards best practice in a regeneration project which features representatives of a community of place or theme in a leading role.

Key Dates

Closing date for applications: Monday 6th September 2021 (5pm)

On site judging: between Monday 27th September and Wednesday 27th October

Awards dinner (Glasgow): Thursday 9th December 2021

[Please note: SURF hopes to return to physical format for the judging visits, but should restrictions be in place due to COVID-19, these would become virtual visits. The judging panel understands COVID-19 impacts may have made it difficult for some projects to achieve all planned objectives during 2020/21, and will take the challenging operating context into account during their considerations.]

How to Apply

Projects can only be entered into one category. Category application forms are available by visiting the ‘SURF Awards’ section of the SURF website. Alternatively, you can request a hard copy by contacting the SURF staff team using the details below.  Completed application forms can be submitted by email or post. Please email submissions to by 5pm on Monday 7th September.

For queries or further information please contact