Entry is closed

 

2021 SPECIAL AWARD ENTRY FORMS

Our sponsored Special Awards are organised in parallel to the main competition and look to reward initiatives focused on improving your community. Entry is open to all TidyTowns Groups as well as other interested individuals or groups. We are delighted to announce some new sponsors under our Special Awards category for 2021.

If you encounter any difficulties accessing any of the special awards application forms, please contact the TidyTowns Unit for assistance by email tidytowns@drcd.gov.ie or on 076 100 6938 or 076 100 6912.

Entry into the Special Awards is purely voluntary and non-entry will not affect performance in the main competition. Please email your completed application forms clearly marked with the title of the Special Award to tidytowns@drcd.gov.ie

 

COVID-19 COMMUNITY AWARD – “STAYING TOGETHER WHILE APART”

PRIZE FUND €5,000

Sponsored by SuperValu

For this award, we are asking groups to tell the adjudicator what steps they took to keep their community, connected, engaged and most important of all, how they kept focussed and positive. The adjudicator will take these points into consideration for this special award for 2021 and also for the overall mark given to each group in the main competition. All groups who complete this section will stand to gain marks in the competition and also be considered for the “Covid-19 Community Award”.

A finalist group from each of the four regions will be chosen, with each finalist group receiving €1,000. The overall winner will then receive an additional €1,000.

The entry form for this award is contained in the main entry form (Closing Date Friday, 2nd July 2021)

 

The closing date for all the other Special Awards is Friday, 23rd July 2021.

No. 1

AGENT BRITE LITTER AWARENESS AWARD

PRIZE FUND €7,000

Sponsored by PEL Waste Reduction Equipment

The purpose of the award is to promote ‘Recycling-on-the-Go’ and encourage the public to segregate different types of litter when depositing in a bin. PEL Waste Reduction Equipment will sponsor the rental costs for four units of the PEL120 SolarStreetBin™ in the ‘Agent Brite’ livery as the prize for the winner of the ‘Litter Awareness’ Special Award for 2021. The bins will be installed in the winning town or village and PEL Waste Reduction Equipment will facilitate workshops in the local community (Schools, community organisations etc.) to promote the concept of “RotG” and how Agent Brite supports the concept.

The application will be a written submission describing the expected benefits to be accrued from winning the ‘Agent Brite Litter Awareness’ Special Award.

For more details see www.pelmfg.com/agent-britelitter-awareness-award

Please note: Entry for the Agent Brite Litter Awareness Award 2021 is by email only.

Agent Brite Award Entry Form 2021

 

No. 2

YOUNG PERSONS IN TIDYTOWNS AWARD

PRIZE FUND €1,000 Sponsored by Department of Rural and Community Development

The Young Persons Award is aimed at the 16 to 24 age group who are actively involved in projects and initiatives of their local TidyTowns group throughout the year. It is not open to schools to apply. Entries should be submitted using the Young Persons Award entry form. Photographs can be used to support your entry.

Entries under the Young Persons Award should demonstrate how TidyTowns groups actively involve young people in the 16 to 24 age group in contributing on an ongoing basis to their local TidyTowns activities, including through their membership of, or direct engagement with, the Groups. Initiatives undertaken by the group to encourage greater involvement from this age group should also be included.

The award will be presented to the TidyTowns Group whose initiatives have resulted in an increase in involvement from the 16 to 24 age group, resulting in a positive outcome for the TidyTowns group and wider community and demonstrating how young people can have an active leadership role within their community.

Young Person Award 2021 ENGLISH

Young Person Award 2021 IRISH

 

No. 3

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS AWARD

PRIZE FUND €6000

Sponsored by Department of Environment, Climate and Communications

The purpose of this award is to promote the national awareness of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by recognising the great input local communities can play in helping Ireland play its part in fully achieving the SDGs by 2030. The purpose of this award is to raise awareness and promote behavioural change at a local and community level.

Six prizes will be awarded €2,000 for the best entry from a village/small town (Category A to D); €2,000 for the best entry from a large town or urban centre (Category E to H); three runner-up prizes of €500 each and a special Youth Award of €500.

SDG Award Form 2021

 

No. 4

EPA CIRCULAR ECONOMY AWARD

PRIZE FUND €2,000

Sponsored by The Environmental Protection Agency

The EPA Circular Economy Award is to recognise communities that have undertaken activities that support a circular economy. In a circular economy waste is prevented and products are reused or repaired for reuse. By preventing waste and supporting the circular economy we can make the most of our resources while protecting the environment. Any initiatives to reduce the use or consumption of resources (materials, products, water, energy), sharing resources/products, reuse, repair or remanufacture are included; whether by the community, householders, businesses, schools, with your local authority, or other organisations. Work done under the main competition category ‘Sustainability – doing more with less’ can be relevant to this special award.

The overall national winner will receive a €1,000 prize, with 2 national runner-up prizes of €500 each.

For more details, see https://localprevention.ie/tidy-towns/

See Entry Forms Below

EPA Circular Economy Award 2021 English Word

EPA Circular Economy Award 2021 English PDF

EPA Circular Economy Award 2021 Irish Word

EPA Circular Economy Award 2021 Irish PDF

 

No. 5

THE RIAI SHOPFRONT AWARD

PRIZE FUND €2,000

This competition is open to the Village, Small Towns and Large Town categories.

Sponsored by the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland

The RIAI Shopfront Award is a Special Award, designed to raise awareness and promote good shopfronts in Irish towns and villages. The RIAI Shopfront Collaboration Award aims to support a TidyTowns Committee who wish to provide guidelines for the design of shopfronts in an historic context with the help of a Registered Architect.

Well-kept historic shopfronts and well-designed modern shopfronts are equally valid. The award consists of an architectural commission to the value of €2,000 for guidelines to support shopfronts in your locality. The commission will result in an illustrated Report, which will be made publicly available, and a presentation to the local TidyTowns Committee.

For more details please visit www.riai.ie

See Entry Form here

 

No. 6

SUPERVALU AND ASIAM INCLUSIVE COMMUNITIES AWARD

PRIZE FUND €2,000

Sponsored by SuperValu and AsIAm

This award aims to recognise the outstanding work done by committees in embracing and including the autism community. SuperValu and AsIAm are working in partnership to promote the creation of more inclusive communities and this award is to acknowledge the hard work done by the committees who are making changes to promote and facilitate inclusivity of the autism community.

A prize of €2000 will be awarded to the TidyTowns committee who best demonstrates how they   promoted the inclusion of the autism community through autism friendly projects and initiatives.

Resources and information regarding autism friendly practices are available on supervalu.ie, AsIAm.ie and ILoveClonakilty.ie.

SuperValu AsIAm Inclusive Communities Award 2021 Entry Form

 

No. 7

GUM LITTER TASKFORCE (GLT) AWARD

PRIZE FUND €5,000

Sponsored by the Gum Litter Taskforce (GLT)

The GLT would like to reward communities that are implementing environmental awareness initiatives to eliminate chewing gum litter in their area.

For more details see www.gumlittertaskforce.ie

See Entry Forms below

GLT Gum Litter Award 2021 English

GLT Gum Litter Award 2021 Gaeilge

 

No. 8

THE RIAI TOWN CHALLENGE AWARD

PRIZE FUND €5,000

The award is open to all categories.

Sponsored by the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland

The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) is providing the services of a Registered Architect to work with a local TidyTowns Committee to create a visionary urban design solution to a problem in your town. The award consists of an architectural commission.

If your town or village has difficulties, for example with derelict sites, signage, lack of public space, traffic or parking issues, this RIAI Award will give you the opportunity to work with a Registered Architect to develop an urban design solution that can solve a problem and enhance your town or village. Registered Architects are trained to develop and deliver solutions for our built environment.

The commissioned Registered Architect will provide an analysis of the problem as initially identified by the local TidyTowns Committee, in addition to developing a concept to address it. The commission will result in an illustrated Report, which will be made publicly available and a presentation to the local TidyTowns Committee.

This is an RIAI sponsored Special Award to promote good urban design in Irish towns and villages. The award consists of an architectural commission to the value of €5,000.

In order to apply, the local TidyTowns committee will write a short paragraph which identifies the positive characteristics of the town, as well as its problems (see application form). This should be supported with photographs.

For more details please visit www.riai.ie

See Entry Form here

 

No. 9

HERITAGE AWARD

PRIZE FUND €1,000

Sponsored by the Heritage Council

The Heritage Award, sponsored by the Heritage Council, aims to promote awareness of the importance of our local heritage and how it can contribute to a sense of place and belonging.

Heritage includes buildings, monuments and collections and also our landscapes, native wildlife and woodlands, seascapes, geology, heritage gardens and parks, inland waterways, folklore and crafts. The Heritage Award recognises local communities who manage and enhance an aspect of heritage in their area, and promote its value to a wider audience.

For more details, see www.heritagecouncil.ie

See Entry Forms below

Heritage Award 2021 English

9d Heritage Award 2021 Irish

 

No. 10

THE RIAI GOOD WINDOWS AWARD

PRIZE FUND €500

This award is open to the Village, Small Towns and Large Town categories.

Sponsored by the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland

The RIAI Good Windows Award is a Special Award to promote appropriate windows in Irish towns and villages. The streets of Irish towns and villages are composed of both historic and modern buildings. Well-kept historic windows and well-designed modern windows are equally valid.

There is a prize of €500 for the town with the most appropriate windows as follows:

An example of a well-kept historic window in an urban street

And

An example of a good modern window or fully glazed opening in an urban street.

In order to apply, the local TidyTowns committee will complete the entry form and submit photographs of two buildings which are located in a street and have appropriate windows. The photographs should clearly show the building and the windows.

The awarding committee may share the award between more than one town as appropriate.

For more details, please visit www.riai.ie

See Entry Form here

 

No. 11

LEAVE NO TRACE TIDYTOWNS AWARD

PRIZE FUND TRAINING TO THE VALUE €1,000

Sponsored by Leave No Trace Ireland

Now in its second year, the Leave No Trace TidyTowns Special Award recognises communities for their significant efforts to protect and enhance the natural environment and the promotion of responsibility in the outdoors. Through recognising these communities, Leave No Trace Ireland seeks to inspire other communities to take extraordinary actions to protect and promote responsible outdoor recreation. The award is open to any community group who has shown an appreciation for their outdoor environment.

Examples of initiatives include but are not limited to:

  • Efforts to transition to sustainable events
  • Nature conservation projects/plans
  • Use of technology to provide a local solution to an outdoor recreation problem
  • Improvements to local biodiversity
  • Youth project promoting the Leave No Trace 7 Principles
  • Educational campaigns spreading the Leave No Trace message. These can include biodiversity, littering or community involvement to name a few
  • Responsible dog ownership campaign
  • Development of a new outdoor recreational area or activity encouraging responsibility in the outdoors

The Prize Leave No Trace Ireland are offering educational training to the value of €1,000 for the winning community group.

For more details, see www.leavenotraceireland.org/news

See Entry Form here

 

No. 12

TREE PROJECT AWARD

PRIZE FUND €1,000

Sponsored by the Tree Council of Ireland

The Tree Project Award recognises the huge impact that properly positioned trees can have in a town or village and the importance of having the right tree in the right place. It is essential that careful thought is put into not only the planting but also the management of the trees over their life-span. The award rewards the TidyTowns Committee which has demonstrated the highest tree placement and maintenance standards.

For more details see www.treecouncil.ie

See Entry Forms below

Tree Project Award Form 2021 English Word
Tree Project Award Form 2021 English PDF
Tree Project Award Form 2021 Irish Word
Tree Project Award Form 2021 Irish PDF

 

No. 13

CLIMATE ACTION AND AIR QUALITY AWARD

PRIZE FUND €6,000

Sponsored by Department of Environment, Climate and Communications

The overall aim of the Climate Action and Air Quality Award, sponsored by the Department of Environment, Climate and Communications is to recognise the great input local communities can make in addressing climate change and air quality. The purpose of this award is to raise awareness and promote behaviour change.

Six prizes will be awarded: €2,000 for the best entry from a village/small town (Category A to D); €2,000 for the best entry from a large town or urban centre (Category E to H); three runner-up prizes of €500 each and a special Youth Award of €500.

See Entry Form here

 

No. 14

CAN IT! 2021 – EVERY CAN COUNTS

PRIZE FUND €1,500 & A CAN CRUSHER

Sponsored by Every Can Counts

Every Can Counts inspires and empowers people to recycle their drink cans and make a real difference. We’re aiming for 100% can recycling, and we want TidyTowns groups to join us and help make it happen. The ‘Can It!’ award challenges groups to increase the drink can recycling points throughout their town. By identifying businesses and venues that require additional can recycling bins and placing an order with Every Can Counts you could win €1,500 and increase your towns recycling. Entrants will be judged on the number of can recycling points and the variety of locations in relation to population. Help spread the message of drink can recycling and tag us in your efforts on social media and your group could win a can crusher.

For more details see www.everycancounts.ie

Can IT Entry Form 2021

 

No. 15

THE WATERS AND COMMUNITIES AWARD

PRIZE FUND €7,000

Sponsored by Inland Fisheries Ireland, Waterways Ireland and the Local Authority Waters Programme

The Waters and Communities Special Award aims to encourage community groups to get more involved with their local waterbodies by helping to preserve, promote and fully utilise their local natural water heritage.

The award is open to any community group who has shown an appreciation for their water environment and water heritage by showing examples of initiatives undertaken during, and in line with, Covid-19 restrictions

(examples include: support to biodiversity and heritage; promotion of angling; awareness raising; clean ups; provision or upgrading of amenities, etc.)

For more details see www.watersandcommunities.ie

See Entry Form here

 

No. 16

ALL-IRELAND POLLINATOR PLAN – LOCAL AUTHORITY POLLINATOR AWARD

PRIZE FUND €10,000

Sponsored by Heritage Offices & Biodiversity Offices of Local Authorities across Ireland, in partnership with the National Biodiversity Data Centre

The Local Authority Pollinator Award aims to encourage TidyTowns groups to implement pollinator-friendly actions in their towns and villages as part of the TidyTowns competition. Wild Irish bees, crucial to the pollination of our plants, trees and vegetables, are in decline – this is because we’ve drastically reduced the areas where they can nest and the amount of food our countryside provides for them. The aim of the award is to reverse this trend by encouraging TidyTowns groups to take simple pollinator-friendly measures in their local area. The Local Authority Pollinator Award supports the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan and is sponsored by the Heritage Offices & Biodiversity Offices of Local Authorities across Ireland.

A prize of €1,000 will be awarded in each of the four regions at Village/Small Town category and at Large Town/Large Urban Centre category. Out of these eight finalists, one overall national winner will receive an additional €1,000. There is also a “Best Newcomer Award” with a prize of €1,000.

For more details, see www.pollinators.ie

See Entry Forms below

LA Pollinator Award 2021 Entry Form English
LA Pollinatory Award 2021 Entry Form Irish