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Nominations for 2020 are now open! 

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Our award categories for 2020 are:
Best Charity or Community Group

New for 2020, this award will recognise the amazing range of charities and community groups active within our rural communities.


Organisations that can be nominated

Any charity or community group can be nominated if its activities are not for profit and it is based within Leicestershire or Rutland. No organisation is too big or too small to be entered.

Some examples of the types of organisations and groups our judges would like to hear about are:

  • Registered charities based within or benefitting people living in rural areas
  • Community organisations, associations or committees
  • Local societies, clubs or groups

How to nominate

To nominate online please click here or follow the link at the top of the page.

If you would prefer, you can download a nomination form by clicking here and return it by e-mail to awards@ruralcc.org.uk.

Best Community Facility

Returning for a second year, this award showcases the best community facilities based within rural areas of Leicestershire and Rutland.


Facilities that can be nominated

Any community facility based within Leicestershire or Rutland can be nominated. Age, size or function doesn't matter, as long as the facility is accessible for use by the local community.

Some examples of the types of facility we would like to hear about are:

  • Village Halls and other Community Buildings
  • Community Libraries
  • Parks, Allotments and Public Open Spaces
  • Playing Fields and Recreation Grounds
  • Play Areas
  • Sports Facilities

How to nominate

To nominate online please click here or follow the link at the top of the page.

If you would prefer, you can download a nomination form by clicking here and return it by e-mail to awards@ruralcc.org.uk.

Rural Business Award

An award showcasing the best businesses based within rural communities across Leicestershire or Rutland.


The types of business that can be nominated

Any size or type of business can be nominated for this award as long as it is based within Leicestershire or Rutland or delivers very clear benefits to communities in rural areas of these counties.

Our judges will be particularly looking for businesses that:

  • Positively engage and/or support the community
  • Help to tackle rural issues (e.g. by employing local people or using local suppliers)
  • Deliver clear benefits to rural communities in Leicestershire or Rutland

How to nominate

To nominate online please click here or follow the link at the top of the page.

If you would prefer, you can download a nomination form by clicking here and return it by e-mail to awards@ruralcc.org.uk.

Connecting People Award

Previously known as the ‘Community Engagement Award’, this award celebrates people, organisations, groups, activities or events that engage and connect people within their local community.


What we are looking for

Nominations can be made for any group, project, activity or event that brings people together and enables them to be more involved in their local community.

This could include:

  • Good Neighbour or Befriending Schemes
  • Community Events
  • Community Engagement or Consultation Projects
  • Clubs, Societies or Groups
  • Local Online or Social Media Networks

How to nominate

To nominate online please click here or follow the link at the top of the page.

If you would prefer, you can download a nomination form by clicking here and return it by e-mail to awards@ruralcc.org.uk.

Rural Pioneer Award

New for 2020, the rural pioneer award will recognise rural communities, organisations and businesses that have found unique, innovative, enterprising or resilient approaches to overcoming rural issues, challenges or disadvantage.


What we are looking for

Any Leicestershire or Rutland based parish council, community group, charity, business or individual that has undertaken a project or activity to face and/or overcome rural issues, challenges or disadvantage. This could include:

  • Maintaining or filling gaps following changes in public service provision
  • Raising money to develop or improve facilities or services in rural areas
  • Engaging and supporting people disadvantaged by living in a rural location

How to nominate

To nominate online please click here or follow the link at the top of the page.

If you would prefer, you can download a nomination form by clicking here and return it by e-mail to awards@ruralcc.org.uk.

The Green Award

New for 2020, this award aims to highlight and celebrate activity across Leicestershire and Rutland that is helping to improve rural sustainability, tackle climate change or enhance the environment.


What we are looking for

Any Leicestershire or Rutland based community, group, charity, business or individual that has taken positive steps to help tackle climate change and/or enhance the environment.

This might include activity to:

  • Reduce carbon emissions
  • Increase use of renewable energy or water solutions
  • Protect or enhance local green space
  • Encourage and protect wildlife and biodiversity
  • Reduce waste and encourage recycling

How to nominate

To nominate online please click here or follow the link at the top of the page.

If you would prefer, you can download a nomination form by clicking here and return it by e-mail to awards@ruralcc.org.uk.

Unsung Hero Award

A special award highlighting rural Leicestershire and Rutland's unsung heroes and community champions. This award celebrates the individuals that work selflessly for the greater benefit of their community, put others first and continually strive to make their local area a better place for everyone.


Who can be nominated

Any individual can be nominated for our unsung hero award as long as they are aged 16 or over and live in Leicestershire or Rutland.

Some examples of the type of people our judges would love to hear about are:

  • Someone that regularly gives up their time to benefit their community or to help others
  • An individual that has raised money for their community, a charity or to help people in need
  • Someone that has championed or led positive action to improve their area
  • A person that organises or helps to run local activities projects, services, clubs or events

How to nominate

To nominate someone online please click here or follow the link at the top of the page.

If you would prefer, you can download a nomination form by clicking here and return it by e-mail to awards@ruralcc.org.uk.