The 2021 SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration are now open for applications.

The purpose of the SURF Awards process is:

• To recognise and reward best practice 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 important role that regeneration projects have in improving the wellbeing of individuals and communities.

The SURF 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.

This year’s five thematic categories include; Supporting Youth Employability sponsored by Skills Development Scotland, Creative Regeneration sponsored by Creative Scotland, Community Led Regeneration sponsored by Highlands and Island Enterprise, Scotland’s Most Improved Place sponsored by Scotland’s Towns Partnership and Architecture & Design Scotland and, finally, Housing and Regeneration sponsored by the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations.

Commenting on the awards, Martin Whitfield MSP said:

“The SURF Awards are a great opportunity for community regeneration projects in the South of Scotland to raise their profile, gain recognition and highlight their success by applying for one of the categories.

“I hope that local projects will apply for the awards and help showcase some of the many community regeneration success stories across our region.”

Further information on the Awards and how to apply can be found at

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Monday 6th September 2021.