United Reformed Church

Community Project Awards

For 25 years, the United Reformed Church has been recognising outstanding community projects taking place in its churches – projects that don’t get the recognition they deserve, but which demonstrate the mission of the church by reaching out in many different ways to the local communities which they serve.

The URC has partnered with Congregational and we are again deeply grateful to them for donating up to £6,000 in prizes, and for agreeing to make the awards each year after we went back to holding our General Assembly annually.

Each year, three awards of up to £2,000 are made.

Recipients of the 2023 Community Project Awards, standing behind and sitting on a bench in the grassy grounds of The Hayes Conference Centre, with Andy Jackson, Head of Communications who wears a pink shirt.

The 2024 Community Project Awards entry form is available below, and contains details of what to do and by when.

The deadline for completed entries is 5pm on Friday 23 February, 2024.

Download the entry form:

The 2023 Awards

25 Years of the Community Project Awards

The 2023 Community Project Awards marked the 25th year the scheme has been in place, having been founded by the Revd David Lawrence in 1998. In recognition of this milestone we have created this celebratory video, where you can learn more about the awards scheme and see the incredible difference it has made in people’s lives.

The winners from the 2023 Awards can be viewed below or you can read more about the award ceremony here.

St Johns URC Causeway Community Garden, Warrington

DARE Darwen Asylum Refugee Enterprise, Lancashire

Wooler Warm Welcome, Wooler United Reformed Church, Northampton

The 2022 Awards

After visits to each of the projects, three winners were selected, but because of the quality of the other projects, the judges also awarded two Highly Commended awards with the hope that these projects will considering entering the awards again.

The three winners from the 2022 Awards can be viewed below, or you can watch the 2022 Awards playlist on our YouTube channel, this includes videos from the community projects that were highly commended.

Skipton Wellbeing Café at St Andrews URC and Methodist Church in Skipton

Community Uniform Swap Shop at St Columba’s URC in Wolverhampton

Roker Life at Roker United Reformed Church, Sunderland

Judges: Margaret Slater, Derek Estill, Andy Jackson, Maranny Jones, Sue Cossey, Pete Twilley and Jo Patterson.

Videos and photos: Andy Jackson, Hannah Clark, Matt Collins and Laura Taylor.

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