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About the SURF Awards

SURF’s annual awards process, delivered in partnership with the Scottish Government, 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 offers an opportunity for regeneration projects of all sizes to demonstrate value to funders and partners, support team-building and develop a national profile. Winning projects highlighted in the 2015 SURF Awards will also receive additional showcase opportunities through SURF activities in 2016.

The 2016 SURF Awards

The 2016 SURF Awards are open to any regeneration project in Scotland that is currently in operation or has been completed within two years of the September 2016 closing date.

There will be five categories of entry:


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  • Scotland’s Most Improved Town
  • Large Scale Infrastructure
  • Youth Employability: Removing Barriers
  • Creative Regeneration
  • Community Led Regeneration

The timescale is as follows:

  • 21 June: Launch of application materials at a 2016 Festival of Architecture Midsummer Gathering event
  • 19 Sept: Closing date for applications
  • October & November: Assessment, shortlisting and site visits by independent judging panel
  • 6 December: Results announced by leading politician at convivial Presentation Dinner event

The 2016 SURF Awards process is 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.

How to Apply

1) Information Paper

The 2016 SURF Awards application window runs from 21 June to 19 Sept

The 2016 SURF Awards application window runs from 21 June to 19 Sept

Details on the application process, thematic categories and criteria are available in a short information paper:

Information Paper

2) Application Forms

Once you have selected a category to apply in, please download the relevant application form below:

Scotland’s Most Improved Town

2016 Application, Scotland’s Most Improved Town (pdf)

2016 Application, Scotland’s Most Improved Town (word)

Large Scale Infrastructure

2016 Application, Large Scale Infrastructure (pdf)

2016 Application, Large Scale Infrastructure (word)

Youth Employability: Removing Barriers

2016 Application, Youth Employability.Removing Barriers (pdf)

2016 Application, Youth Employability.Removing Barriers (word)

Creative Regeneration

2016 Application, Creative Regeneration (pdf)

2016 Application, Creative Regeneration (word)

Community Led Regeneration

2016 Application, Community Led Regeneration (pdf)

2016 Application, Community Led Regeneration (word)

3) Submission and Enquiries

Please return completed application forms by email, post or fax:

  • Email: to SURF’s Emma Scott,
  • Post: Emma Scott, Information & Communications Officer, SURF, Orkney Street Enterprise Centre, 18-20 Orkney Street, Glasgow G51 2BX
  • Fax: 0141 583 4151

The closing date for applications is Monday 19 September (5pm).

For any enquiries regarding any aspect of the 2016 SURF Awards application process, please contact Derek (0141 440 6393, or Emma (0141 440 6392, at SURF.

2015 & Previous SURF Awards

SURF’s panel of 24 independent judges assessed over 50 applications to the 2015 SURF Awards across five thematic categories and visited 16 shortlisted projects as part of an intensive consideration process. The category winners they selected were announced by Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary Alex Neil at a SURF Awards Presentation Dinner event in Glasgow in December 2015.

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

Please click here for a full summary of the 2014 SURF Awards outcomes.

Information on all recent annual SURF Awards iterations is also available on this webpage.

Aberdeen City Council
Capital City Partnership
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