Interested in applying to the 2021 awards? This section sets out the eligibility criteria for each of the awards and some generic judging criteria that apply to all awards. A big thank you to our 2021 sponsors for their support in making the Social Enterprise Awards Scotland possible.
Who can apply?
Who can apply depends on the category that you are entering.
If you are a Scotland-based social enterprise organisation you can apply for:
Category 1 –Social Enterprise of the Year Scotland
Category 2 – One to Watch
Category 3 – Prove It: Social Impact
Category 4 – Market builder award (also open to private and public sector organisations)
Category 5 – Health & Social Care award
Category 6 – Environmental Social Enterprise
You can nominate an individual working or volunteering in a Scottish social enterprise for:
Category 7 – Social Enterprise Champion (all eligible entries for this category will be recognised in the event)
You can apply for the market builder award if you are public sector, private sector or third sector/social enterprise organisation:
Category 4 – Market Builder Award (open to public and private sector organisations too)
Social enterprise eligibility criteria
If you are entering any of the above categories your organisation must be a Scottish-based business that defines itself as a social enterprise using the following criteria:
* This is generally set out as earning more than half of its income through trading (or working towards this) though we recognise this may have been more challenging in 2020/2021 and this will be taken into account by our panel.
Generic judging criteria
Please remember that your application will be judged against a set of generic criteria:
In addition to this in the appendix are category-specific criteria which you can find in the category descriptions.
Download our information sheet for a summary of information you will be asked to provide during the online application process.