Builders’ merchant Jewson has launched a £100,000 Building Better Communities competition to celebrate and support the communities it serves across the UK.
The vote-based competition is open to any local group in the UK that has a ‘big idea’ that will benefit its community. Nominations for innovative and ambitious projects which make use of sustainable products and practices are particularly welcome.
The competition is aimed at transforming spaces and places in need of a little love and attention across the UK. The awards are meant to be used to support building projects of all shapes and sizes, no matter how innovative or ambitious.
Jewson will be giving away a top prize of £50,000 to help pay for both materials and labour, plus other prizes of between £1,000 and £5,000 to cover the cost of building materials
The money can be spent on anything from a new roof for the local village hall, a sensory garden, a community festival or a much needed coat of paint for a neglected public facility.
Nominations can be made to the following categories:
- Former Glories – projects that return a building or space to how it used to be while delivering environmental benefits.
- Great British Sport – projects that will create a legacy of community sport and inclusion that will help promote an active and healthy lifestyle in the local area.
- Inclusion for All – projects that needs sustainable materials to open up places, spaces and opportunities for the wider community to enjoy.
- Support in the Community – projects that celebrate culture of any kind (music, art, theatre, dance, photography, etc.) and provides lasting support services to local residents.
Nominations are to be made online via the Jewson Building Better Communities website.
Once the nominations are all in, a shortlist will be drawn up. The shortlisted projects will be open to a community vote. Once the voting has closed, the panel will judge each entry and pick regional winners who will get an award of £1,000 and £5,000 and one main winner who will receive £50,000.
The deadline for nominations is 12 April 2015.
Source: Jewson, 26/02/2015