What are we looking for?

By regeneration we mean systems and practices that take a ‘holistic’ approach to solving environmental, social and economic problems; aiming to restore health, wholeness and resilience.

We are looking for projects that are actively contributing to the health of all the systems they are part of.

As well as helping to restore the natural systems in the place the project is based, projects should be nurturing the wellbeing of all their workers, the capacity of the community around them, and the networks they are connected to.

We are seeking projects that are aware of the challenges they face, and building the capacity of their own organisation to improve and evolve.

Finally, projects should be sharing their experience so that others can be inspired by their work, adapt the knowledge to their own situations and develop the regenerative movement.

Download the background paper – Raising the profile of regeneration (PDF).


Collaborative open letter from the Spring Prize community

Written during Cop26.

To all those considering our future, at COP26 and beyond, we are writing to you from five different continents as those working to repair the earth’s damaged systems.

We ask you – as world leaders, as policy makers, as those concerned for our climate – to take heed of the work of regenerators from so many different movements: Indigenous land defenders, peasant farmers, agroecologists, permaculture practitioners, natural builders, food sovereignty activists, and more.

Download the full letter here


Full eligibility guidelines

  • We accept nominations from anywhere in the world.
  • Lush, the company funding the Spring Prize, is a vegetarian company. As such, money awarded will not be channelled towards the direct slaughter or ill-treatment of animals.
  • Although organisations farming animals will not be excluded, priority will be given to organisations which encourage alternatives to animal consumption.
  • 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.
  • Organisations may only submit an application to one category.
  • Organisations which are more than 1 year old are not eligible for the Intentional awards.
  • Organisations which are more than 5 years old are not eligible for the Young awards.
  • No organisation will receive a prize two years in a row.
  • Prizes are for ongoing work (not as a reward for past work).
  • If offered a prize, recipients must:
    1. attend the awards ceremony in person, unless there are exceptional circumstances (travel expenses will be paid).
    2. prepare information on the winning project for the awards event.
    3. fill in an evaluation form 10 months from the award being given.
    4. support the PR and outreach activity for the prize.
  • 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. It would be helpful if applicants flag up any potential concerns in advance.
  • Other unanticipated ethical concerns will be considered on a case by case basis.