City of London Corporation Annual Dragon Awards: Open for Submissions
19 March 2015
The City of London Corporation are launching their 28th annual Dragon Awards, the UK’s oldest and most distinguished corporate community engagement awards.
Applications are open here: www.dragonawards.org.uk
Lord Mayor Alan Yarrow, said: "We are calling on businesses, particularly SMEs, to enter this year’s Lord Mayor's Dragon Awards and share best practice examples of their own community involvement. It’s a priceless investment into their future workforce, and our society...The only criteria are community projects which make a real difference to both the businesses and communities. We particularly want to recognize this City's army of volunteers - deploying their unique expertise and skills in order to safeguard and secure the future of charitable organisations.”
Applications for the Dragon Awards 2015 are now open and can be submitted against one of six award categories at www.dragonawards.org.uk. The closing date is the 18th May 2015 at 5pm, winners will be announced on 30 September 2015.
There are 6 eligible award categories, including the two below:
Future Proofing Charities Award
The Future Proofing Charities Award is for businesses that are working with community organisations to help them be more sustainable and therefore better prepared for the future. The category, renamed for this year’s awards, recognises companies that are either working with a community organisation to improve the sustainability of its balance sheet in the long term, giving enhanced financial stability; or helping a community organisation to continue to identify priorities based on client needs. This could be through pro bono or peer to peer mentoring schemes, training staff, improving back office functions, or helping a community organisation develop commercial services for income generation.
Community Partners Award
For community organisations (charities, schools, community groups, social enterprises) in London that play a critical role in the delivery of corporate community engagement programmes.
About the Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards
The Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards were established by the then Lord Mayor Sir David Rowe-Ham in 1987 and are named after the guardians of the City of London, seen at the entrances to the Square Mile financial district. The Lord Mayor's Dragon Awards recognise excellence in Corporate Community Involvement that benefits Greater London. Eligible activities include charity partnerships, employee volunteering, employability initiatives and local purchasing. For more information visit www.dragonawards.org.uk