This award is open to any community development project, including national or local Government, public, third sector organisations and businesses that have developed a community project delivered independently within the United Kingdom between 2014 and 2016.
The award will be presented to the most innovative, engaged and successful community development scheme. The scheme must demonstrate how it influenced the community, how many people it engaged and what will be the legacy impact and lasting benefits.
The assessment of the project’s success will focus on creativity, innovation, integration and other impacts that foster improved relations and include quantifiable benefits for a community group.
Judges will consider and reward organisations for managing programmes and projects aimed at improving community services, products and quality of life.
In judging this award, the panel will be looking for quantified details of projects, outcomes, achievements and the effectiveness of what was delivered; evidence of the degree of innovation in scoping and developing the initiative as well as the use of awareness raising measures to promote the scheme and deliver the programme; and measurement of the overall impact of the project.
Judges will be looking for evidence of the following points within the supplied application form (weighting percentages in brackets):
- How the project set new standards for innovation and creativity; (15%)
- Awareness raising of the project to promote the scheme across the targeted community; (20%)
- The measurement of overall impact on community in real terms: whether the scheme positively influenced change in the community resulting in quantifiable impact on individuals; (40%)
- The schemes integrated legacy to ensure ongoing and lasting community benefits once the project is complete; (25%)