Welcome to the COSLA Excellence Awards

The COSLA Excellence Awards celebrate the very best in Scottish local government. Our emphasis is on rewarding the most innovative and passionate developments, and on recognising projects that are changing lives. We find those who are setting new standards and spread their good practice. If you have a project that has made a difference, we want to hear about it.

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previous winners

Read about projects that have been recognised in previous years, and download more information about them.

Bronze Award Winners 2015

Download more details of the long leeted 2015 projects for each category.

Silver Award Winners 2015

Read more about our 2015 short leeted projects, including short video overviews and downloadable details.

Gold Award Winners 2015

Find out about what makes a winning 2015 application, watch a video about the project, and download more details.

Special Award Winners 2015

The 2015 COSLA Chair’s Award, SOLACE Best Team, and Scottish Government Award for Excellence.

2015 Winners, Latest News »

March 12, 2015


The 2015 COSLA Excellence Awards have honoured 9 Scottish councils and their partners for outstanding quality of service to the public.

East Lothian, City of Edinburgh, Argyll and Bute, North Ayrshire, Aberdeenshire and West Dunbartonshire Councils all took first place in the main categories of the Awards. West Lothian Council picked up the Chairman’s Award, while the SOLACE Best Team Award was won by East Renfrewshire Council. Dundee City Council was recognised for Delivering Excellence by the Scottish Government.

COSLA President Councillor David O’Neill, who chaired the judging panel, described the entries for the awards this year as inspiring:

“These winners sum up what Scottish local government is all about- innovative and joined up services, delivered by hard working staff, that are changing lives every day.”Find out about our winners

Councillor O’Neill continued: “We have witnessed some incredible projects, and the results are already speaking for themselves.  Above all, I have been struck by the utter determination and passion that council workers and our partners have for improving outcomes for their communities.  All those who took part should be very proud indeed. 

“Now more than ever before, it’s vital that we build on real life success stories like these.   The 2015 COSLA Excellence Awards are helping to do just that, and on the evidence so far, the future of Scotland’s local services looks very exciting.”

Find out detailed information about all of the winners by downloading our press release: 2015 Excellence Awards Winners.

Photos of the winning teams will soon be available on each of the winning project’s profiles on this site and from our Flickr site.

THE COSLA CHAIR’S AWARD – West Lothian Council – West Lothian LGBT Youth Forum and Glitter Cannons Project
March 12, 2015 – 11:00 pm
THE COSLA CHAIR’S AWARD – West Lothian Council – West Lothian LGBT Youth Forum and Glitter Cannons Project

The West Lothian Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Youth Forum and Glitter Cannons is a voluntary project that works with young people aged 12-25 years old to improve the everyday lives of LGBT young people in their schools, homes and communities.

SOLACE BEST TEAM AWARD – East Renfrewshire Council – Quality On-Road Cycle Training
March 12, 2015 – 10:45 pm
SOLACE BEST TEAM AWARD – East Renfrewshire Council – Quality On-Road Cycle Training

East Renfrewshire Council’s On Road Cycle Training project has put in place high quality ‘Bikeability’ on-road cycle training at every Primary School in East Renfrewshire. Training standards – and pupil results – have improved markedly thanks to training and support programmes tailored to meet schools needs.