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About the awards 2018-07-20T14:40:16+00:00

About the awards

The Rural Community Ownership Awards are an annual celebration of the achievements of rural community businesses in tackling rural problems across the UK.

We are proud and delighted to be working once again with Hastoe Housing Association as our headline sponsor to launch the 2018 Rural Community Ownership Awards, which will celebrate and raise awareness of the unique contributions community businesses make to creating resilient, thriving and inclusive rural communities.

These awards are also made possible throughout the continued support of Esmée Fairbairn Foundation; helping us celebrate the message of community business.

We have put together a short video showcasing why you should enter this year’s awards:

We are welcoming applications from Friday 20 July to Friday 14 September with shortlisted entries announced on our Blogs section. Winners will be announced at a dedicated Awards ceremony later this year.

  • Entering the Rural Community Ownership Awards is FREE;
  • Being shortlisted can provide a great boost to the pride and satisfaction of the volunteers and staff who do so much to make community businesses what they are;
  • Each category winner will receive £250 as well as the support and materials to host a celebration party for the community;
  • Once you have completed the Application Form, you’ll see a notification with a link to graphics to share on social media using #PlunkettAwards;
  • Each category winner will receive a fantastic award to display and use to impress funders and customers;
  • You’ll give other communities the confidence to explore co-operation as a way of tackling their own challenges;
  • Each shortlisted community business will receive two free tickets to attend our fantastic Awards Ceremony.
  • You can enter multiple awards categories, giving the community business a better chance of winning an award; and
  • Anyone can nominate a community business for an award; it could be a committee member, staff or volunteers, customers or even a Plunkett employee or adviser who is an admirer of your business
Our Sponsors

The Rural Community Ownership Awards are supported by funding from Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. We are delighted to be welcoming back Hastoe Housing Association as both our headline sponsor and sponsor of the People’s Choice Award. You can find below a ‘slideshow’ of our other Award sponsors below:

Award categories

Find out about the six categories we have for this year’s awards, including five ‘thematic’ categories and the return of the People’s Choice Award.

Award categories