The Church Times Green Church Awards

The Church Times Green Church Awards have two objectives: to celebrate the remarkable efforts made in recent years by individuals and congregations to offset the damage being done to the earth, and to set good examples before others who might be inspired to follow suit.

There are five awards: four recognising innovative work already completed (or ongoing) and one for exciting projects still at the planning stage.

Entries are invited from churches of all denominations. Shortlisted entries will feature in the Church Times this summer, with the awards ceremony at Lambeth Palace taking place 16 October. The deadline for entries is 2 July.

> Download an application pack


The awards 

The Green Building Award              
Prize: £1000   Application form
Entries are invited for projects that have significantly increased the efficiency of resource use, reduced the carbon footprint or helped adapt the building to a changing climate. Entries can be for an existing building or a new building, and either a church or an ancillary building.  

The Green Congregation Award             
Prize: £1000   Application form
The judges will be looking for inventive initiatives adopted by a congregation or church community group.

The Biodiversity Award               
Prize: £1000   Application form
This is essentially for outdoor projects, either on church land, for example churchyards, or elsewhere.

The Green Champion Award               
Prize: £1000   Application form
Anyone can nominate an individual for this. The judges wish to acknowledge the contributions made, both in public and behind the scenes, by dedicated and inspiring people.

The Green Futures Award             
Prize: £6000 so far*   Application form
We are inviting entries from churches with projects still at the planning stage, with the view of providing seedcorn money, or a contribution to their fund-raising. It's hard to predict what will come in, the successful project or projects is likely to combine inventiveness with practical action. It could be a scheme for a new building, an outdoor project, or a course of action by a congregation or community.  


How to enter

Entries are invited from churches of all denominations.

The qualifying period for any project or projects is the past five years, ie from 2012.

A church can enter one or more categories. A separate entry form is needed for each.

Photos/videos are encouraged. The Church Times intends to feature some of the entries during the judging period (but being featured does not pre-empt the judges decision).

Entries must reach the judges by midnight 2 July. Please send your completed application form and any accompanying photos to

Shortlisted entries will be published in the Church Times, and invitations to the awards ceremony in Lambeth Palace on 16 October will be sent out during the summer.

The judges’ decisions are final.

> Download an application pack


*The Green Futures fund

We are still seeking contributions from any reader or institution for this fund.

In addition, we are asking all entrants to contribute. When we ran these awards in 2007, we asked for £5 to cover administration. This time, we’re waiving this fee, but asking instead for donations, of any size, to the Green Futures fund. We know that entrants who have completed their projects will want to encourage others starting down the same road.

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The Church Times wishes to thank the following for their generous support:






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