The Prizes

The Lush Spring Prize 2017

There is a £200,000 prize fund to support projects around the world working on environmental and social regeneration.

The different prize categories  range from the Ideas stage, through to Young and Established organisations, as well as an Influence Award, aimed at campaigns to influence policy or public opinion towards a more regenerative society.

After the prize-giving event in May 2017, we will be launching an additional ‘incubator’ fund, to support a wider range of initiatives for environmental and social regeneration.


2017 Short-list and Judging

We received over 450 nominations for 2017, and 52 projects and organisations have been short-listed. See Prize pages for details.

Judging takes place in March and April, and the winners announced in May.


Our diverse panel of judges – see their profiles here – come from a wide spectrum of movements representing regenerative design, permaculture, food sovereignty, transition, biomimicry and eco-village networks.

We have aimed for a variety of ages, a gender mix, and representatives from around the world.



  1. We accept entries from anywhere in the world.
  2. The closing date for 2017 was February 28th – entries must have been received by that date!
  3. Priority will be given to those projects that have a clear commitment to sharing and passing on what they have learned.
  4. Lush, the company funding the Spring Prize, is a vegetarian company. As such, money awarded will not to be channelled towards the direct slaughter or ill-treatment of animals.
  5. Although organisations farming animals will not be excluded, priority will be given to organisations which encourage alternatives to animal consumption.
  6. Any project which does not quite fit these eligibility guidelines is welcome to nominate themselves if they feel they can provide a strong argument for why we should consider them.
  7. Prizes are for ongoing work (not only as a reward for past work).
  8. If offered a prize or alternative award, recipients must:
    • Attend the awards ceremony in person, unless there are exceptional circumstances (travel expenses will be paid).
    • Prepare a 10 minute presentation or activity explaining the winning project for the awards event, and a written version or video for publication on the website.
    • Fill in an evaluation form 10 months from the award being given.
    • Support the PR and outreach activity for the prize.
  9. Ethical Consumer Research Association (a partner in the LUSH Spring Prize) will conduct due diligence research on nominated individuals and organisations prior to recommending initiatives for awards. Any issues that may arise will be discussed openly with the applicant. It would be helpful if applicants flag up any potential concerns in advance.
  10. Other unanticipated ethical concerns will be considered on a case by case basis.