SK Community Awards 2021

Information from the SKDC website.

SK Community Awards 2021

It’s time to nominate our community stars!

We have launched the SK Community Awards to celebrate South Kesteven’s community champions.

With multiple categories, the SK Community Awards are designed to shine a light on the people and organisations who go above and beyond to help others and make a real difference to their communities.

Let’s celebrate our community champions and give them the recognition they deserve.

Nominating is quick and easy to do 

  1. Take a look at the categories below (and don’t worry – you can enter the same person or group into multiple categories).
  2. Take a look at the helpful hints further down this web page. The most important part of nominating is telling us why the person or group deserves to be recognised – and remember nothing is too big or too small.
  3. Fill in our online nomination form. Nominate by 18 July 2021.
  4. That’s all you need to do – but do tell others about the SK Community Awards and encourage them to nominate too!

Other ways to nominate

You can also download a PDF version here if you want to handwrite your nomination. Paper copies of the form can be requested from the SK Community Hub by emailing or calling 01476 40 61 61.

Nominations should be posted to:

SK Community Awards, South Kesteven District Council, St Peter’s Hill, Grantham NG31 6QZ.


Our awards cover a wide range of activities and community efforts, and are designed to encourage nominations across the board.

The Neil Smith ‘Beyond the Call of Duty’ Award

Dedicated to our late colleague, this award reflects Neil’s actions in using CPR to save the life of his 11-month-old son Tommy following a cardiac arrest. We want to identify a member of the community or a group whose actions have gone ‘beyond the call of duty’ in any situation, including pandemic actions or an emergency situation.

Lifetime Community Champion Award

This is a category for people who have dedicated their life to an aspect of public service, showing selflessness and a compassion for others. There are many unsung heroes across our communities, so who do you know that has worked tirelessly for the benefit of others?

Helping Hand Award

The pandemic has reminded us all of the importance of neighbourliness and providing a helping hand, so this award is designed to reflect the actions of individuals in their community. We know that individuals have the power to make a huge difference to their community and the people around them: let’s hear about them.

Community Cultural Action Award

In a difficult year for traditional arts and cultural activities, this award recognises those people who have found ways to engage with, enthuse and encourage others in their creativity. This is sector that’s known for its face-to-face interaction, delivering huge wellbeing benefits to everyone it touches. Who deserves recognition for their resilience, adaptability and providing opportunities for people to participate in the arts?

Cleaner and Greener Award

Our environment has never been more important and this award is for individuals who have shown pride in the appearance and cleanliness of their local area and deserve recognition. Community pride is invaluable within our neighbourhoods, whether that’s helping to clear a river or litter picking, for example.

Community Wellbeing Champion Award

With exercise and activity proven to help people keep mentally and physically fit, this award recognises those people who help keep others active or inspire others to be active. Many people have displayed amazing aptitude, such as help with community gardening, men’s sheds, online physical activity and mindfulness, all contributing to community wellbeing.

Business in the Community Award

Businesses have played an enormous role in helping to feed and support those in need within our communities. Let’s recognise those businesses who have made an exceptional contribution to its community with this award. Examples include donations of food to help the vulnerable, donations of equipment to help home schooling.

Inspirational Young Person Award

The following awards are not open to public nominations, but will be determined by our Cabinet Member for People and Safer Communities, Cllr Annie Mason, from nominations received for other categories.

Volunteer of the Year Award

As the highest award that we can give to an individual, this accolade will be awarded to celebrate the person of any age chosen from all individual category winners for their outstanding contribution.

Community Group of the Year Award

This award recognises the top collective action from the achievements of groups across the district, without whom so many people would have struggled to get grassroots support at a time of our great need.

Judging and announcing the winners

Make sure your nomination is sent in by Sunday 18 July. Entries will be judged during the summer and the winners announced in the September issue of SKDC’s magazine for residents, SK Today.

The winners will receive a certificate and a commemorative trophy.

Helpful hints 

  • The awards are a chance to give people the recognition they deserve
  • We ask for up to 200 words explaining why the nominee deserves an award – tell us as much as you can on why the nominee should be celebrated. What did they do that made a difference?
  • Nothing is too big or too small – we want to celebrate all our community champions
  • Please give the name and other details of the person you are nominating

Otherwise, the nomination process is pretty simple:

  • If there is something that is unclear, please contact us. We are here to help
  • Tell other people about the awards
  • The judging panel may move entries into a different category
  • The activity nominated must benefit others in South Kesteven