The 30th Anniversary Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards are now open for applications.
Before applying to the Awards, we ask all aspiring applicants to read our terms and conditions and to check that they are eligible for the category they wish to apply for. A list of categories can be found here.
All other Awards - Businesses and public bodies having an impact in Greater London may apply. Charities, schools, community groups and social enterprises may nominate.
Applications from Small and medium-sized organisations (SMEs) are encouraged. The judges will assess each application in relation to their size and resources and reserve the right to award an SME winner in each category in addtion to a larger business. SME's are defined as having under 250 employees and €50 million turnover (£42.6 million).
Public bodies must be able to demonstrate that their project is outside of their normal business mandate.
Social enterprises are eligible to apply for the Community Partners Award only as, unlike a traditional business, their community engagement work is part of their constitution and therefore counts as day-to-day business.
Corporate charitable foundations are invited to apply for any of the five business Award categories. In order to score highly, you will need to be able to demonstrate the impact and benefits of your project or partnership on the corporate entity.
Evidence you need to supply
The Awards judges will only be able to take into account the information you supply in your application in the scored questions. With a tight word count, it is important to make every word count. In order to make the best application possible, you will need to be ready to supply:
- Benefits to the community - the people who have benefitted from your work
- Benefits to the community partner - how your project has helped the community organisation
- Benefits to the business - how the project has benefitted the business
- Quotes from community beneficiaries
- Quotes from employee volunteers
- Quotes from business or community leadership, such as CEOs
- Statistics that demonstrate improvements for the community, such as the percentage of people in the project who reported improved skills or the number of people who gained a qualification
- Statistics that demonstrate improvements for the community partner, e.g. money saved from a new IT system brought in on the advice of employee volunteers
- Statistics that demonstrate improvements for the business partner, e.g. the percentage of employee volunteers who reported an increase in their communication skills as a result of volunteering
Don’t assume knowledge – ask someone who doesn’t know the project to tell you where the gaps are
Inspire us – show how you have responded to a real need, leveraged your capabilities to respond to that need, and made an impact
Talk about the future – we want to know what happens next, how will the impact be sustained – often forgotten
For community partners – explain your role in managing the partnership, why are you the best partner to a business
As well as 1:1 support and guidance by contacting us, we provide hints and tips in the application form and Scoring Guides for each of the categories that tell you what content and evidence is needed for each scored question. Links to the Scoring Guides are available in the application form but you may also read them on the individual category pages.