Ashden Awards

Awards recognising outstanding renewable energy projects in the UK and the developing world, promoting the widespread use of local, sustainable energy, because of the environmental, social and economic benefits which it can provide.

Ashden rewards innovative enterprises and programmes that deliver, or play a key part in enabling the delivery of, renewable energy and energy efficiency at the local level, and through this bring social, economic and environmental benefits.

Ashden International Awards

In 2017 there will be seven International Awards. The winners will receive prize funds of up to £20,000 each.

The financial awards will be counpled with:

  • national and international publicity, through the work of a specialist communications team;
  • a tailored business support programme: this can include professional mentoring, sales and technical training, and introductions to investment and grant finance;
  • a broadcast-quality short film of the award-winning work;
  • opportunities to present work to large and influential audiences at the Ashden Awards ceremony and conference;
  • membership of the network of Ashden Award winners, who are all leading practitioners in sustainable energy; and
  • the acclaim of winning a prestigious Ashden Award.

Ashden UK Awards

In 2017 there will be up to four UK Awards, each of which comes with a prize of £10,000 and the other benefits listed below.

An Ashden UK Award also brings many other benefits, such as:

  • Extensive local and national publicity, through the work of a specialist media team.
  • Tailored help from a support team to take the work further: this can include professional mentoring, training and introductions to investment and other finance where appropriate.
  • A broadcast quality video about the Award-winning work.
  • Opportunities to present work to large and influential audiences at the Ashden Awards Ceremony and other high-profile Ashden events.
  • Introductions to influential policy makers.
  • Membership of the Ashden Alumni network of Ashden Award-winners, who are all leading practitioners in local, sustainable energy.
  • The kudos of winning a prestigious Ashden Award.
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Before You Start

The aim of the Ashden Awards is to promote the widespread use of local, sustainable energy, because of the environmental, social and economic benefits which it can provide.  The Awards reward achievement and provide funding for future developments.

The Awards reward outstanding and innovative renewable energy projects in developing countries and in the UK.

Through the awards scheme and related activities, the Ashden Awards aim to persuade policy makers, funders and the wider public to recognise renewable energy efficiency as a crucial tool for addressing the urgent global issues of climate change, pollution and energy supply, as well as the social and economic needs of local communities across the globe.

Restrictions

The Awards reward past achievements.  The funding they provide is for clearly defined future plans for expansion, replication or dissemination.  Schemes that are only at a start-up or pilot stage will not be eligible for an Ashden Award.

Applications from North America, Europe or the developed areas of the former Soviet Union are unlikely to be eligible to enter the International Awards.

What You Need To Know

Key Criteria

Ashden International Award

UK-based businesses, NGOs, social enterprises and government organisations working in one of the UN’s developing regions of Africa, Caribbean, Central America, South America, Asia (excluding Japan) and Oceania (excluding Australia and New Zealand) and can be in rural or urban areas.

Ashden UK Award

The following organisations are eligible to apply:

  • Businesses, which must have employees in the UK, and be providing their products or services in the UK, although the headquarters may be in another country.
  • Social enterprises, both for-profit and not-for-profit, including community groups.
  • Not-for-profit groups, such as charities, energy agencies or housing associations.
  • Public sector organisations, including local authorities, higher education establishments, hospitals, fire services, police forces, etc.

Match Funding

Match funding is not a requirement for a project to successfully obtain an Award.

Eligible Expenditure

Costs associated with eligible sustainable energy projects.

How To Apply

Deadline(s):

The deadline for applications for the 2017 Awards was 8 November 2016. Details and deadline information for any future rounds will be reported when available.Frequency: Annual.

Link to guidelines:

http://www.ashden.org/ashden_awards

http://www.ashden.org/apply/international (International Awards)

http://www.ashden.org/apply/UK (UK Awards)

Useful information:

UK applications should be sent to: UKapps@ashden.org

International applications should be sent to: internationalapps@ashden.org

Applications must be supported by three referees.

International application forms are available in, and may be returned in, English, Mandarin or Spanish.

Winners will be announced in the spring.

Awards process and timetable for the 2017 Ashden UK Awards

  • 23:59 GMT, 8 November 2016: Deadline for receipt of online applications.
  • Late November 2016: Approximately 16 applicants will be selected to provide additional information, financial accounts and references. All other applicants will be notified that they have not been successful.
  • 8 December 2016: Deadline for receipt of additional information, audited accounts and references.
  • January 2017: UK judging panel meets to shortlist approximately eight applicants. All other applicants will be notified that they have not been successful.
  • February and March 2017 Assessors visit the shortlisted applicants.
  • Late March 2017 UK judging panel meets to select up to four Award winners. All other shortlisted applicants will be notified of the outcome.
  • April to June 2017: Production of publicity materials, videos and case studies about winners’ work.
  • 14-15 June 2017: Awards week: winners to London for Awards Ceremony and related events.

Awards process and timetable for the 2017 Ashden International Awards

  • 8 November 2016: Deadline for receipt of online applications.
  • Late November 2016 Up to 30 applicants will be selected to provide additional information, audited accounts and references. All other applicants will be notified that they have not been successful.
  • 16 December 2016 Deadline for receipt of additional information, audited accounts and references.
  • February 2017 International judging panel meets to shortlist 12 applicants. All other applicants will be notified that they have not been successful.
  • February and March 2017 Judges and assessors visit the shortlisted applicants.
  • April 2017 International judging panel meets to select six award winners. All other shortlisted applicants will be notified of the outcome.
  • April to June 2017 Preparation of publicity materials about all shortlisted applicants. Films and detailed case studies made of winners’ work.
  • 12-16 June 2017 Awards week: winners to London for interviews, International Conference, publicity activities and Awards Ceremony.