Nominations for the 2023 Faith & Belief Awards are now closed. Watch this space for information regarding the 2024 Awards, which will open next Summer! Please read on to see the likely categories and how to apply, so you’re ready to apply.
We believe that the power of faith and belief based social action needs to be supported, recognised and celebrated and need your help in identifying this inspirational work by making nominations for this years awards!
Thank you for considering making an award for the London Faith & Belief Community Awards. Below is all the information you should need to make a nomination, including links to read about previous award winners.
More information about past award winners can be found here.
Our categories, chosen in partnership with Deputy Lieutenants of Greater London, reflect the challenges faced by some Londoners and marginalised groups. On the nomination form, you will be asked to choose a category.
Don’t worry if your project fits across multiple categories; the judges will alter your category if necessary to make a fair decision. We will be in contact if we need any more information.
New for 2023
The cost-of-living crisis is impacting the lives of all Londoners. Projects within this category have provided goods, services or support which has helped those who are struggling financially by providing some relief from the crisis.
New for 2023
Developing young people’s leadership and character at school is vital for a healthy society. Projects in this category promote interfaith understanding and inclusive practices. These projects run at schools or Alternative Provision Units and work with young people to develop leadership, tolerance or education regarding faith, belief, or inclusion.
London’s neighbourhoods are multi-faith spaces where people with different faiths and beliefs share the same public spaces and services. Projects within this category build bridges across communities and create hubs that are open to all.
Click here to read our blog featuring past winners from the interfaith relations category.
Inspired by The Queen’s Green Canopy initiative’s mission to encourage environmental sustainability. This category seeks to celebrate projects that address one of the most urgent challenges facing humanity by inspiring behavioural change in their communities through education, local campaigns, safeguarding green spaces and taking practical action to tackle climate change.
Projects in this category create specialised services for the health and wellbeing of Londoners. They reduce social isolation and improve the quality of life of Londoners by supporting vulnerable people from different backgrounds.
Click here to read our blog featuring past winners from the health and wellbeing category.
Young people from minority backgrounds are often overlooked and may be excluded from civic life. Projects within this category work with young people to encourage leadership, participation or volunteering in their local community, and connect them with opportunities beyond their neighbourhoods.
Through this award we are particularly looking to celebrate work that is led by youth people or young leaders under 30 who deserve recognition.
Click here to read our blog featuring past winners from the inspiring youth category.
Londoners may face misunderstanding, isolation or exclusion because of their faith or belief. They may be further excluded, due to other aspects of their identities (e.g. ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, age and ability) – and this discrimination may take place within faith groups or wider society. Projects within this category work at the intersection between faith/belief and other aspects of identity – creating inclusive spaces.
Click here to read our blog featuring past winners from the promoting inclusion category.
Women, from all walks of life, make extraordinary contributions to their communities and the city we live in, but they’re not always recognised. This category will recognise the work of projects which support women to make change in their community through providing education, advocacy, friendship and a wider array of services.
Click here to read our blog featuring past winners from the supporting women category.
Our awards scheme celebrates work that is often overlooked and marginalised. You may nominate your own work or that of others.
So that we can recognise the widest breadth of projects, previously awarded projects cannot be re-nominated.
Projects can be run by a registered charity or a community group and could be one initiative of a larger organisation or a project that is run by a place of worship or community group. It may be run entirely by volunteers or have paid staff.
The project nominated could work across communities or within their own community i.e. it does not have to have an interfaith focus.
To show a record of impact, we ask that you nominate a project that has been running for over a year.
Your nomination must identify a project:
The judging panel will base their decisions on the need for the project, the impact the project has in addressing that need, and exceptionality – which could be about innovation, uniqueness, sustainability or overcoming barriers to establish your project. Further guidance is provided on the nomination form.
Projects could increase a sense of belonging for overlooked or under-supported groups; increase life chances through engagement, education, and wellbeing; and impact communities or individual beneficiaries. Winners will have a track record of achieving aims, with transformative and lasting impact on beneficiaries. The winners selected are those who can best demonstrate their strengths in these areas.
Awarded projects, recognised projects and recognised individuals will have the opportunity to:
Nominations have now closed but a link will be here and at the top of this page with the application form.
In the form you will be asked to give the contact details of the group you are nominating (mandatory) and links to social media accounts if you have them (optional). You’ll be asked for the name of the person making the nomination (this can be anyone, including a paid employee).
You will then be asked to answer the following questions. Each question has a word limit of 500 words.
You will then be asked to list a referee who can verify the work of your nomination and their contact details (mandatory). The referee cannot be a paid employee of the project being nominated – they can be a volunteer, trustee, beneficiary, or anyone else familiar with the work, as long as it’s unpaid.
Central to making a good nomination is clearly describing what the project does and who it impacts and giving clear examples and evidence of the impact the projects makes. Think about any statistics, case studies or quotes you may be able to share.