Welcome to the COSLA Excellence Awards

The COSLA Excellence Awards celebrate the very best in Scottish Local Government.

If you have a project that has made a difference, then we want to hear about it.

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The 2017 Short List

15 teams have made it through to the final stage of the awards.

Take a Closer Look

Our Previous Winners

Find out more about the projects that are already changing lives in local communities across the country.

Build on their Success


Download the Short List








Share your achievements and help others learn from your success.

The COSLA Excellence Awards highlight projects that are transforming lives in communities across Scotland.

We find those who are setting new standards and spread their good practice.

Find out how to apply

Read our guidance for applications, and download an application form.

Learn about winning projects

Find out about our previous winners, and build on their successes.

Get involved

Join our team of award assessors.

entries each year

Long Leeted Projects

Short Leeted Finalists

Online projects to learn from

Learn from our Previous Winners

Read about projects that have been recognised in previous years, watch videos about their impact, and download more information .

Gold Awards

Find out about what makes a winning application, and download more details.

Special Awards

The Chair’s Award, Best Team, Excellent People, and Award for Excellence.

Silver Awards

Read more about our short leeted projects, including video overviews.

Bronze Awards

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

Sponsor the Awards

Find out how your organisation can be represented at the biggest event in the Scottish Local Government calendar.

Get in Touch

Interested in more new ideas and innovation across Local Government?

Visit one of our partners for more case studies, information, and learning.


Our sister organisation in England and Wales, the Local Government Association, has a large database of projects that are improving the lives of local communities.  Browse the case studies and find out more about the many innovative programmes that councils are involved in.



The Innovation Exchange provides information on many of the innovative projects being taken forward by Scottish local authorities. It helps local authorities access and contribute innovative projects and approaches, in order to share good practice and improve services.