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 2019 SURF Awards

Having assessed more than 63 applications across five categories, SURF’s panel of 20 judges, drawn from national bodies and community groups, have agreed upon 15 shortlisted projects for 2019. By category, they are:

Housing and Regeneration:

  • Glenurquhart Care Project (Drumnadrochit)
  • Fraser Avenue, Inverkeithing (Fife)
  • Shawbridge Street, Pollokshaws (Glasgow)

Supporting Youth Employability:

  • Community Renewal Trust’s Employment Safety Net (Edinburgh)
  • Young Enterprise Scotland: Pathway Programme (Glasgow)
  • Achieving the Right Transferable Skills for Todays Job Market! (Dumfries and Galloway)

 Creative Regeneration:

  • Glasgow Barons (Govan)
  • WHALE Arts (Wester Hailes)
  • Inverness  Creative Academy (Inverness)

 Community Led Regeneration:

  • Barholm Centre (Dumfries and Galloway)
  • Ochiltree Community Hub (East Ayrshire)
  • Strathard: People at the heart of regeneration (Aberfoyle)

Scotland’s Most Improved Place:

  • Calton Barras (Glasgow)
  • Blackhill and Provanmill (St Paul’s Youth Forum) (Glasgow)
  • New Cumnock (East Ayrshire)

Since 1998, the SURF Awards have identified successful regeneration projects of all sizes from across Scotland. This year‘s shortlisted projects feature major place-making investments, youth employability initiatives, and activities delivered by community groups and arts organisations in both urban and rural contexts.

Over the coming weeks, the judging panel will be visiting all of these diverse projects to develop a better understanding of their impact and the situations they are responding to.

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 5 December at the 2019 SURF Awards Presentation Dinner event in Glasgow’s Grand Central Hotel.

The 2019 SURF Awards are delivered by SURF in partnership with the Scottish Government, with additional support from Architecture & Design ScotlandCreative ScotlandHighlands and Islands EnterpriseScotland’s Towns Partnership, and Skills Development Scotland.

Source: SURF 

SURF Awards Film

SURF commissioned former Award winner Plantation Productions to make a short film looking back at 20 years of the SURF Awards. This film was showcased at the 2018 Awards Dinner. The film is now on our YouTube channel at the link below.

SURF Awards Film


The 2018 SURF Awards Results

Please access full information and application materials at the SURF Awards webpage.

The outcomes of the 2018 ‘20th Anniversary’ SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration were announced on Thursday 6 December at a celebratory presentation event in Glasgow’s Grand Central Hotel. The winners are given below, and you can read the full news release here for more information and reaction. 

SURF’s panel of 20 independent judges are drawn from national regeneration bodies and community groups. They carefully assessed all of the varied SURF Awards nominations in five thematic categories, visiting 15 different shortlisted initiatives from Dumfries and Galloway to Orkney Islands, before selecting the following category winners:

Community Led RegenerationPapay Community Cooperative (Papa Westray, Orkney). The Cooperative aimed to rejuvenate an economically challenged remote island community by establishing a social and economic hub.

Creative RegenerationFindhorn Bay Arts (Forres). The non-profit arts organisation deliver high quality regional arts activities to showcase local artists, improve pride of place, support the economy, provide opportunities for young people, and attract visitors to Forres.

HousingChapelpark: A New Beginning (Angus). Led by Angus Council, the project converted a vacant, historically significant B-Listed school building and site into affordable housing.

Youth Employability: Overcoming Barriers: Pathfinder (Glasgow). Led by the DRC Youth Project and WorkingRite the programme removes labour market disconnects for young people by taking a collaborative approach, rooted in the strengths and assets of each individual, to support them into sustained employment.

Scotland’s Most Improved PlaceWestray (Orkney). The Trust's mission is to develop the economic, social and cultural sustainability of Westray by harnessing the quality of its resources, people and island environment. The island has become known for its hands-on approach, and self-sustaining community.



SURF Awards: Learning and Best Practice

A summary of outcomes from the 2019 Awards Shared Learning Workshops is available here

A full summary of the 2018 SURF Awards outcomes is available here.

A full summary of the 2018 SURF Awards outcomes is available here.

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.

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