Ashden Awards 2021

A portrait of Dania V. Francis, an Assistant Professor of Economics at UMass Boston, in Boston MA, on July 20, 2010. Photo © Dominic Chavez/IFC

The Ashden Awards boost outstanding climate solutions. For more than 20 years their awards have backed radical ideas delivering lower emissions and a fairer world, with grants and development support on offer to winners and finalists.

They want to hear about your bold and brilliant work. Entry to the awards is free, and applications close on Wednesday 3 March. Winners receive a prize of up to £20,000 and a package of support.

This year’s award categories include greener communities, energy access, green skills, natural climate solutions, sustainable cooling and more. Some categories focus on the UK, and others cover work in low- and middle-income countries. Businesses, public bodies and charities can all apply.

Businesses, NGOs, government organisations, social enterprises and community groups are all eligible. Work must be currently available to clients, customers or beneficiaries. 

The Ashden Awards for green skills and green communities are open to work in the UK.  

The Ashden Award for climate innovation in the UK is open to work in Britain and Europe – but European applicants must spend the prize money bringing their work to the UK. 

The five remaining awards are only open to work in low- and middle-income countries, as defined by the World Bank – find a full list here.

Their natural climate solutions award focuses on solutions in the Amazon basin, Congo Basin and South East Asian rainforest.  

For more detail on eligibility criteria and how to apply, click here.