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.
- Large Scale Infrastructure,
- Creative Regeneration,
- Community Led Regeneration.
- And, this year sees a new award, 'Scotland's Most Improved Town'
The Scotland’s Most Improved Town 2015 SURF Awards category will identify, celebrate and share the positive impacts of participative planning and regeneration processes in urban settlements of all sizes across Scotland. There will be three winning projects in this category:
- Scotland’s Most Improved Small Town (population size below 5000)
- Scotland’s Most Improved Medium Town (population size between 500020,000)
- Scotland’s Most Improved Large Town (population size exceeding 20,000)
Entries will be expected to demonstrate, and will be judged on:
Engagement: Effective community engagement and participation;
Enhanced Economy: Improved economic opportunities and engagement with the private sector;
Practical Achievements: Benefits for people living in the town and using the town centre;
Putting the Town Centre First: Use of proactive planning and the ‘Town Centre First’ principle, and improvement in access to public services and digital infrastructure;
Pride of Place: Improvement in the town’s image, identity and ‘pride of place’.
Applications close on 14th September 2015, more information can be found at www.scotregen.co.uk/surf-awards/