Social Innovation Competition

Annual competition awarding three £5,000 prizes to ground-breaking ideas that tackle Scotland’s most pressing social and environmental issues.

Who for?

Individuals that have an innovative idea that tackles social or environmental issues.

What do I get?

There are three £5,000 awards plus tailored business support.

Where do I apply?

Applications are currently closed.

What is the Funding for?

Each year we give out three £5,000 awards to the most innovative ideas addressing the theme of the year.  One of the awards goes to a Young Social Innovator to celebrate the work, imagination, and creativity of individuals aged 16-25.

The funding is to help you get the idea off the ground or develop it. The kinds of costs we can cover are quite wide-ranging. However, there are a few restrictions, which can be found in the Guidelines document at the bottom of this page.

Who can apply? 

You can apply if you have an innovative idea linked to the theme of the year. You must meet our eligibility criteria, which can be found in the Downloads section at the bottom of this page.

How we assess your application 

Following the application deadline, we assess all the applications against the eligibility criteria. The strongest applications go forward to a panel, which is made up of experts in the theme and/or previous competition winners. 

The panel selects the three winning entries.  All applicants will hear back as to whether they have been successful or not. Any unsuccessful applicants will receive written feedback. 

The successful applicants are announced at an Awards Ceremony, usually in November.

Funding priorities:

Anyone with an innovative idea linked to the theme of the year can apply and we assess each application on its merits.

Check out our Success Stories section and read about previous competition winners.  

Have a question? 

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions. If you can’t find the answer you are looking for, get in touch via our Contact Us page, by phone or use our LiveChat feature.