How much does it cost to apply for an Ashden Award?

There is no fee to apply for an award. All you will need to do is make time to complete the form, and then answer any questions we might ask you after you have submitted your form.

If you are shortlisted, you will also need to set aside time for preparing and hosting a judging visit from Ashden assessors. If you win, you will need to set aside up to one week (9-14 June 2019) to take part in Awards week events in London, UK.

What’s the deadline for applications?

Applications for the 2019 Ashden Awards opened on 4 September 2018 and close at 11.59 GMT on 6 November 2018.

How do I apply for an Ashden Award?

All applications must be completed and submitted via our online application website: http://apply.ashden.org/.

What types of organisation can apply for an Ashden Award?

In general, our awards are open to any type of organisation, including businesses, social enterprises, not-for-profits and public sector. Specific awards may have individual limitations – please check the information provided in the Information for applicants document.

Can I apply for planned or future work or a pilot or demonstration project?

No. For all our Awards, the work submitted for the Award must be currently available to customers, clients or beneficiaries. The more evidence that you can present for the impact of your work, the better your chance of meeting the award criteria.

Is there someone I can talk to about my application?

We’ll be happy to help with any enquiries you might have. Just call our Awards Coordinator

on +44 (0) 20 7410 7023 or email apply@ashden.org

Can I make more than one application?

Yes, you can make more than one application, providing they are for different programmes or businesses, if you are involved with more than one. Please do not submit two applications for the same work.

How do I know which category of award to apply for?

Eligibility for the different awards is based on the type of work you are engaged in and the country where that work is carried out. Details of the different awards are available in the Information for applicants document

Who will see information that I submit as part of my application?

All information submitted may be seen by the Ashden team (including judges and assessors – please see our website for more information). All our judges and assessors are required to sign a confidentiality agreement before viewing any application materials.

For applicants that do not win, we generally retain their application materials for up to three years. This is to enable ‘fast-track’ re-applications by those applicants during this period. However, this is optional – there is a question in the form which asks for permission to do this. If permission is not given and you wish to reapply within the next three years, you will need to fill the application form in again.

What are the eligibility criteria for the Ashden Awards?

To be shortlisted and win an award, the applicant must: 

Have products or services currently available for customers, clients or beneficiaries. We do not reward pilot or demonstration projects.

Be delivering, or helping to deliver, significant social and economic benefits to individuals, communities or businesses. For example, in the UK, urban or rural regeneration; improving working and living conditions; reducing fuel poverty; creating jobs and improving business practice; or improving energy security. In developing countries, we need to see evidence of benefits, for example in terms of quality of life, health and welfare, educational facilities, food security, improving livelihoods and creating job opportunities. Eligible organisations must demonstrate fair and equitable organisational practices, including working towards gender equality. Work must respect local culture and customs.

Be delivering, or helping to deliver, demonstrable benefits to the environment. We need to see evidence of the energy generated or saved, greenhouse gas emissions avoided/mitigated and any other benefits.

Show an innovative approach to sustainable energy. Many Award winners use established technologies, but there must be innovative aspects to the work as a whole. These could include innovative approaches to marketing and distribution; improved financing mechanisms, training and skills development; introducing a technology to a different country or region; innovative business models. Award-winning work must add something to what past winners have shown.

Have the capacity to create significant impact. We are looking for winners that have the potential to create significant impact in terms of sustainability, and are willing to work with Ashden after winning an award.

Be working towards financial sustainability. We are looking for efficient use of funds and evidence that future funding is being sought, whether from sales, grants or any other source. Organisations can be for profit or not-for-profit.

Be able to demonstrate capacity and commitment to make the use of sustainable energy more widespread. Award-winning organisations must demonstrate good governance and management, an established and continuing commitment to sustainable energy, and a willingness to work with partners, such as finance organisations and training providers.

Be able to contribute to Ashden's mission, which is to encourage the growth of sustainable energy systems to tackle climate change and bring social and economic benefits to millions.

In addition to these general criteria, there are also specific criteria for each award, as described in the Information for applicants document.

What happens once my application is submitted?

We carry out an initial review of applications to check eligibility and select a longlist (Late November 2018)

We carry out a detailed assessment of long-listed applications (include requesting further information from applicants) (December – January 2019).

Judging panels meet to select shortlist (late January/early February 2019).

Assessment visits to shortlisted applicants (February/March 2019).

Judging panels meet to select winners (April 2019).

When will I hear if my application is successful?

You will hear in late November if you have made it through to the longlist. The first judging meetings are then held in late January, after which you will hear if you have made it through to the shortlist. You will find out if you will be a winner or a runner up in April, but winners are not publicly announced until shortly before the Awards Ceremony in June.

What will happen if I am longlisted?

If your organisation is longlisted, we will get in touch in late November to ask for the following items, to better understand your work and to assure ourselves of your financial viability:

If your organisation is longlisted, we will get in touch in late November to ask for the following, to better understand your work and assure ourselves of your financial viability:

Answers to some additional questions about your work.

A copy of your published accounts for the past two years.

A copy of your draft accounts for the current financial year.

We will also follow up the referees you have given us, and we will publish a list of longlisted organisations in early January 2018. Please do not publicise the fact that you have been longlisted before the list is published.

We will also follow up the referees you have given us, and will publish a list of longlisted organisations in January 2019. Please do not publicise the fact that you have been longlisted before the list is published.

All applicants that reach the longlist are offered one free ticket to the join the audience of the Ashden Awards Ceremony in London on 13 June 2019. Unfortunately, we are not able to cover any travel expenses. Applicants that progress to later stages will get additional tickets.

What will happen if I am shortlisted?

If you are shortlisted we will get in touch to arrange a visit to assess your work.

If you are shortlisted but ultimately not selected to be an Ashden Award winner, you will be credited as a runner-up and offered a small grant of £1,000 to put towards your work and to compensate you for the time spent preparing for and hosting a visit from Ashden. You will also be offered an additional free ticket (two in total) to the Ashden Awards Ceremony in London on 13 June 2019. Unfortunately, we are not able to cover any travel expenses.

What will happen at the judging visit?

For applicants based in the UK or Europe, the judging visit usually lasts most of a day, and involves one or two people from Ashden and sometimes a representative from the funder of the award. For applicants with work based in other countries, the visit usually lasts one to three days, and involves one or two assessors from the Ashden team. The visit will include meetings with key staff such as your chief executive, financial officer, the person in charge of the work submitted for an award, and other employees. It will also include seeing the work submitted in operation, usually through site visits, and meeting customers/clients.

What will happen if you win an Award

As an Ashden Award winner, you will:

Travel to London at Ashden’s expense to take part in the Awards Week events between 10 and 14 June (12-13 June for UK-based applicants). Winning an Ashden Award is contingent on taking part in the Awards Week activities.

Receive a visit from our video producer and in some cases a photographer.

Be expected to participate in media interviews that we may be able to arrange.

Agree with Ashden what you will spend the prize fund on and any business support you may receive.

Provide monitoring data about the progress of your work after one year, two years and three years.

We also invite you to join our global alumni network.

What publicity will there be about my application?

It is a condition of your entry to the 2019 Ashden Awards that Ashden has the right to publicise your involvement through its communications channels (including but not limited to its website, social media platforms and ceremony programme).  All shortlisted applicants and particularly winners may be required by Ashden to participate in publicity opportunities such as media interviews.

To maximise the impact of our Awards, we announce our longlist, shortlist and winners on specific dates. If you reach the longlisting/shortlisting stage, or win an Ashden Award, we ask you not to publicise this fact until the date set by us. Our comms team will work closely with you on this.

Will I receive feedback if my application is not successful?

We are a small team and receive a lot of applications, so unfortunately do not have the capacity to provide feedback to any applicants who do not reach the longlist. Where possible, we will try to provide some basic feedback to longlisted applicants who do not reach the shortlist stage and to shortlisted applicants who do not win an Ashden Award.

Who are the judges and assessors?

Details of the judging panels are on the Ashden website. The assessment teams include Ashden staff, representatives from funders and knowledge partners, and freelance specialists in specific sectors.

How will my application be judged?

Your application will be judged against the published criteria for the awards, as detailed in the Information for applicants document.

Which countries are eligible?

The eligible countries for an applicant’s work to be based in vary from one award to another. Full details are available in the Information for applicants document.