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 2016

Download more details of the long leeted 2016 projects for each category.

Silver Award Winners 2016

Read more about our 2016 short leeted projects, including short video overviews and downloadable details.

Gold Award Winners 2016

Find out about what makes a winning 2016 application, watch a video about the project, and download more details.

Special Award Winners 2016

The 2016 COSLA Chair’s Award, SOLACE Best Team, Excellent People, and Scottish Government Award for Excellence.

2016 Winners, Latest News, Video »

October 6, 2016

The 2016 COSLA Excellence Awards have honoured 9 Scottish councils and their partners for outstanding quality of service to the public.


West Dunbartonshire, Stirling and Clackmannanshire, City of Edinburgh, Angus, and East Lothian Councils all took first place in their award categories. East Ayrshire Council scooped the Chairman’s Award, while Inverclyde achieved the Excellent People, Excellent Outcomes Award.  Dumfries and Galloway Council picked up both the SOLACE Best Team Award and the Scottish Government Award for Delivering Excellence.

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

“The COSLA Excellence Awards showcase and celebrate the very best of Scottish Local Government. Our winners sum up what Scottish councils are all about- innovative and joined up services, delivered by hard working staff, that are changing lives every day.”

“At every stage of the Awards it’s been clear to me that councils and their partners are breaking new ground in rising to the challenges that they face.

Now more than ever before, it’s vital that we build on real life success stories like these.   The 2016 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:  2016 COSLA Excellence Awards Winners

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

COSLA CHAIRPERSON’S AWARD- East Ayrshire Council- Positive Play in Prison
October 6, 2016 – 10:50 pm
COSLA CHAIRPERSON’S AWARD- East Ayrshire Council- Positive Play in Prison

East Ayrshire (EA) Positive Play is an integral part of the Early intervention and Prevention Service within East Ayrshire Council’s Vibrant Communities section. Committed to the Vision for East Ayrshire and delivering results in line with the East Ayrshire Community Plan, EA Positive Play works with children, families and whole communities to ensure improved quality of life using unique, asset based approaches.

EXCELLENT PEOPLE, EXCELLENT OUTCOMES- Inverclyde Council- Improving Recycling in Inverclyde
October 6, 2016 – 10:45 pm
EXCELLENT PEOPLE, EXCELLENT OUTCOMES- Inverclyde Council- Improving Recycling in Inverclyde

Inverclyde Council has built on previous year’s successes, rising from a relatively low position to become the top performing Council in Scotland for recycling in 2014. Additionally, Inverclyde Council consistently achieves the lowest combined cost of waste management services across Scotland.