- I am based outside the Square Mile - can I still apply?
- Why aren't environmental issues covered by the Dragon Awards?
- Can I apply to the Dragon Awards with a partner organisation?
- Can I apply to the Dragon Awards in more than one award category?
- Can I nominate a business that I partner with for an award?
- Can I nominate a community partner for an award?
- Can I submit extra material with my application?
- I do not have any photos or videos to submit with my application. Will I be disadvantaged?
- I won a Dragon Award last year. Can I still apply?
- I am a small or medium sized enterprise (SME). Can I apply?
- I am a charity or school. Can I apply?
- I am a public body. Can I apply?
- Can you offer me an example of a good application?
- Can I have more personalised help with my application?
- How do you choose the winners?
- When will the Dragon Awards winners be announced?
- Why does the Lord Mayor hold the Dragon Awards?
1. I am based outside the Square Mile - can I still apply?
Yes. The Dragon Awards are open to any organisations making a positive impact on the community in any of the 33 boroughs in London. If you are a London headquartered business having a positive impact in a region outside of the London, you may apply for the Regional Impact Award- our only category which recognises work outside of London. If you have any questions or concerns about the application process, please email us.
2. Why aren't environmental issues covered by the Dragon Awards?
3. Can I apply to the Dragon Awards with a partner organisation?
Yes. Two or more companies may apply jointly where they are working in equal partnership on a particular project, but only one application should be submitted. In the event that the application should win, Dragons may be awarded to all parties named as applicants.
4. Can I apply to the Dragon Awards in more than one award category?
Each initiative should only be submitted in one category, but there is no limit on the number of different applications submitted by an organisation.
5. Can I nominate a business that I partner with for an award?
Schools, charities and community organisations may submit applications on behalf of their corporate partners in any of the categories 1-5 but should discuss it with the company first. It should be noted that in the event that the application should win, the Dragon would be awarded to the company and not to the community partner. Failure to discuss the application with your corporate partner may lead to disqualification.
6. Can I nominate a community partner for an award?
Businesses or public sector organisations may submit an application on behalf of their community partner in the Community Partners Award but should discuss it with the community organisation first. It should be noted that in the event that the application should win, the Dragon would be awarded to the community partner and not to the corporate partner. Failure to discuss the application with your community partner may lead to disqualification.
7. Can I submit extra material with my application?
You may submit up to 10 photos with your application. We ask that one of these be your organisation's logo. Extra material will only be used if your application is shortlisted. Judges will not use extra material to assess your project. We do not accept any other material, such as CSR Reports or Annual Reports.
8. I do not have any photos to submit with my application. Will I be disadvantaged?
No. Any extra material or media submitted with your application will not be used to judge your application.
9. I won a Dragon Award last year. Can I still apply?
If your programme or project won an Award in an existing category last year (2016), it should not be entered again this year (2017). It may be entered again in following years. However, you may apply with a different programme or project to this year's Dragon Awards.
If your project was shortlisted in 2016 you can apply with the same project, however the judges will be looking for ways in which your programme has developed over the past year.
10. I am a small or medium sized enterprise. Can I apply?
Yes. Small and medium-sized enterprises (up to 250 employees and €50 million (£38.8 million) turnover) are encouraged to apply in any of the categories. In each category the judges may choose to award two Dragons – one to a large organisation and one to a small or medium organisation. If more appropriate, they may choose to award only one. The judges will take into account the relative size and resources of applicants, so smaller organisations (including community organisations) will not be disadvantaged.
11. I am a charity or school. Can I apply?
Charitable organisations and schools can apply for the Community Partners Award. Charitable organisations and schools can also nominate their business partners in the other categories, but they should check with their business partner beforehand (if the application wins, the nominated business would receive the award).
12. I am a public body. Can I apply?
Yes. The Dragon Awards are intended to recognise good practice from for-profit businesses and public offices. Remember, you must be able to demonstrate that your project is outside of your normal business mandate.
13. Can you offer me an example of a good application?
14. Can I have more personalised help with my application?
Yes, there is plenty of help on hand. Members of the Lord Mayor's Dragon Awards team are on hand to answer all of your questions and provide support through 1:1 phone calls or scheduled meetings. If you'd like to book in a time to speak with us, please contact us or visit the support page.
15. How do you choose the winners?
A preliminary judging panel made up of Corporate Community Involvement professionals will meet and decide on a shortlist of applications. You will receive a letter informing you whether or not your application has been short-listed. Feedback will be available on request. The Lord Mayor's final judging panel will then meet to decide on the winners.
16. When will the Dragon Awards winners be announced?
On 26 September 2017 during the Dragon Awards dinner. The list of winners will be updated on this website shortly after.
17. Why does the Lord Mayor hold the Dragon Awards?
The Lord Mayor is the head of the City of London, the body that provides local government services for the financial heart of Europe. The policies that the City of London Corporation pursues, and the high standard of services that it provides, are dedicated to maintaining and enhancing the Square Mile's status as the world's leading international financial business centre.
The Dragon Awards form one part of the City Corporation’s commitment to engaging firms in the regeneration of their local communities.