Tips on applying for an Ashden Award

Make sure your Ashden Award application achieves maximum impact.

We hope that applying for an Ashden Award is an exciting time for you and we have done our best to make the process as straightforward as possible. If you are considering applying for an Award, do read our FAQs as well as the detailed criteria for applying for each Award category before you do anything else.

Our tireless awards managers have also put together their top tips to help ensure your application brings joy to their hearts.

1. Read the detailed application criteria for the Award you are applying for. Make sure your project complies with our judging criteria – for example, how long it has been running and where you are based. We generally only award established projects that have a proven track record.

2. Make sure you chose the right application form for the award you are applying for. It sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people get it wrong.

3. Remember our applications are read by human beings! You don’t need to include the same information over and over again in different questions, and that goes for statistics and figures too. Try and keep your answers varied – the application forms are long and you want to keep our assessors interested.

4. A related point: the word counts for each section represent a maximum amount, not a target to aim for.

5. Check spelling and grammar. You could write your answers in a word processing document first to ensure you don’t make any spelling or grammar mistakes – this makes the whole document easier to read. Alternatively, some browsers have built-in spell checkers.

6. Numbers really do help. If you are asked for numerical information, then please provide it. If you don’t have certain figures, then drop us an email or call us to see if there is any other information you could provide instead.

7. Please answer questions as directly as possible: each question is asking for specific information.

8. If you’re applying for an International Award, please apply in the language you are most comfortable using. We offer the International application form in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese. All applications will be professionally translated into English.

9. Have you looked at our previous winners’ section on the website? Part of our judging criteria is innovation, so if we have already awarded a project that is similar to yours, you will need to clearly show how your project is bigger or better.

10. Get someone else to read your application before submitting it. It can be easy to get too involved and your answers need to make sense to someone who is completely new to your work.

11. Once you have submitted your application you won’t be able to edit it, so make sure you are completely happy before hitting the ‘submit’ button.

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We hope our advice is helpful – if you have any other questions then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at Good luck!