Project categories

Entrants must choose a category for their project as part of the entry process.

Here are the categories for 2017:

Health and Wellbeing

Our Health and Wellbeing category aims to help people take control of their physical and mental health. Getting fit helps people feel better on a number of levels, improving physical, mental and emotional health and boosting social interaction. This is the category for any project for any age group linked to physical or mental health, sport, outdoor pursuits or anything of that kind.

Examples of projects

  • Walking clubs to reduce loneliness
  • Improving playgrounds
  • Support and activity groups for people living with dementia
  • Sports clubs and associations

Skills for Life

Our Skills for Life category aims to help communities and individuals improve their lives by learning useful new skills, particularly digital ones. As we live in an increasingly digital world, many people can begin to feel left behind if they don’t have the opportunity to learn new digital skills. Projects in this category can help people of all ages – from schools to groups for older people – develop skills to make their lives easier or more fulfilling.

Examples of projects

  • Budget training for families with limited income
  • Job skills for young or homeless people
  • Teaching older people how to use new technology
  • Teaching young people financial skills
  • Mentoring programmes

Community Support

Our Community Support category aims to help communities make their surroundings and aspects of their life sustainable. Sustainability helps to improve our communities without harming our planet. It’s important whether we’re talking about the environment or keeping community spirit alive from one generation to the next. From regeneration projects to local support groups, this category offers support for anything that is important to your wider community, including community events.

Examples of projects

  • Improving community flood defences
  • Training new generations in a particular skill or activity to help the community
  • Campaigns to regenerate, rejuvenate or reinvigorate community spaces like a village hall
  • Scouting and Guiding groups, animal-focused projects and community events.


Our Inclusivity category aims to help projects bring people together, no matter what their faith, colour, gender, abilities or sexual orientation. Successful communities value all people, recognising that every person adds something to the whole. Projects in this category will understand that and work to develop closer ties within the community. Projects in this category will help build relationships and bring people from diverse backgrounds together.

Examples of projects

  • Community integration programmes
  • Multi-faith education
  • Making communities more accessible for those with disabilities
  • Helping reduce or ease poverty in the community