Innovators Awards at the Scottish Rural Parliament

One of the highlights of the Scottish Rural Parliament is the moment when we showcase the innovation of rural communities and businesses from across Scotland – and this year will be no different!  This is a great opportunity for rural communities to share their experiences and help find solutions to the problems they face.

The awards are open to a communities, public or private organisations and should be able to demonstrate innovation in meeting the needs of rural communities.

You can have a look at previous winners in 2016 by clicking here and in 2014 by clicking here.

This year, we have the following categories:

  • Environment and land use
  • Transport and infrastructure
  • Innovation in Dumfries and Galloway
  • Youth-led (up to 25)
  • Food and drink
  • Building rural communities

The small print! Please read before entering.

  • The competition is being run by Scottish Rural Action.
  • Submit your application by email to with the subject ‘Rural Innovators Award Entry’ – please clearly mark the category you are entering, otherwise your entry may not be considered.
  • In your entry email please include:
    • Named contact and their email address and phone number
    • A brief summary of the project, and how it meets the criteria – max 400 words
    • Where the project is based and if different what area it covers
    • If you have a website, please include a link
  • The deadline for entries is 5pm on 15 September 2018.
  • You can only submit one entry per category.
  • There will be one winner for each category.
  • Judges appointed by Scottish Rural Action will shortlist each category, the final decision will be made by the public via an online poll.
  • Winners will be notified by email.
  • No cash alternative will be offered.
  • Winners will be invited to a attend the Scottish Rural Parliament and will have the opportunity give a short presentation about their entry
  • Winners will be expected to participate in publicity relating to the awards.
  • Entry to this competition signifies acceptance of these rules.
  • For more information about the Scottish Rural Parliament, click here.
Paul Daly

Paul Daly

Paul joined the Scottish Rural Action team in September 2017 and has an MSc in Environmental Studies, and a BA (Hons) in Psychology.

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