The Creative Lives Awards - formerly the Epic Awards - are an annual celebration of the achievements of voluntary and community-led creativity.

Run by Creative Lives, the Awards are free to enter and open to any group or project based in the UK and Ireland.

This year, we asked for applications from (or nominations for) groups and projects that had shown resilience and imagination during the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic and carried on being creative.

The activity needed to have taken place between March 2020 and March 2021, or be ongoing. 

The awards are were open for nominations until 31 August 2021 and are now closed. A shortlist will be announced soon.

Winners will receive a cash prize, a package of mentoring and support, and networking opportunities. Previous applicants have also found that being shortlisted for, or winning, a Creative Lives Awards has benefitted them on funding applications and raised their profile.

Here’s what one previous winner had to say: “It was wonderful to feel that recognition and it really did spread the word about us, almost overnight. It really gave us an incredible confidence boost.” The Re-Tune Project.

Full details are available in the Rules and Guidelines, which you can download here in English or Welsh

We have also made the following FAQs to try and answer any questions you may have. Download here in English or Welsh.

If you have any questions not covered in the application documents or FAQs, please contact [email protected] for assistance.