What is the cost of entering the awards?
The awards are completely free to enter and involve submitting an online entry form, along with some supporting information.
What information do I have to include in my entry?
Each entry form consists of:
-General questions about your organisation, individual or team, such as the number of homes you own / manage
-X questions specific to the category, usually includes an executive summary that distils the highlights of the submission. The executive summary may be used publicly.
In addition to answering these questions, you will need to provide:
-Two high quality horizontal photographs (minimum 300dpi) relevant to your entry to be used in publicity materials and at the awards ceremony on screen
Who is eligible to enter?
Anyone with any connection to social housing – including tenants as well as professionals – can be nominated, whatever their level of seniority or experience. We want to celebrate leaders, innovators and change makers across our sector.
We are seeking teams and individuals who:
- Have had a demonstrable impact within their organisation or area, and potentially beyond
- Excel in their roles but have also gone above and beyond to make a difference
- Have showed a real commitment to working with others to achieve collective success, including potentially helping others into the sector and/or advancing within it
How do I submit my entry?
All entries are submitted via an online entry form here.
You do not have to complete your entry in one sitting. Partially complete entries can be saved for later and edited until the entry deadline.
Can I submit multiple entries?
You may enter as many categories as you like, but please ensure that your entry statement is carefully tailored to the category you are entering.
After starting your first category, you may enter another category by clicking ’Make another application’ on the left-hand side of the page.
Can I exceed the wordcount?
No, the system will not allow you to finalise entries which have exceeded the wordcount.
What photographs should I submit with my entry?
These should be relevant to the entry. Photos must be landscape and must be provided as a high-resolution electronic image (jpeg) with a minimum of 300dpi.
What is the maximum upload size for photographs?
We do not set a max upload size; the system default is 2 GB per file.
What will the photographs be used for?
Photographs will be used only if you are short listed on screen at the awards ceremony and within publicity materials.
What if I do not have photographs to submit yet?
You will need to submit two photographs in order to physically submit the entry. If you need to change the photograph after the entry deadline, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Am I eligible to enter the awards?
Our awards are very simple to enter and are open to anyone involved in the housing sector – just about anyone is eligible to enter at least one category. Entries are encouraged from housing associations, councils and ALMOs from across the whole of the UK.
Can testimonials be included as supporting information?
Testimonials should be included within the word count of your submission. Testimonials uploaded as images will not be reviewed by the judges.
Is there any way we can submit stakeholder testimonials as an appendix?
These need to be included in the word count
When do I need to submit my entry by?
Entries must be submitted by 14 May 2021. Should you require assistance with submitting your entry, please contact email@example.com.
Will you be extending the entry deadline?
To request an extension, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide details of your organisation and the category you plan on entering as well as your contact name, number and email and a team member will be in contact closer to the deadline.
Finalists and winners
When will the short list be announced?
The short list will be announced online in June 2021.
Will I be contacted if my entry is short listed?
Yes, we will contact successful applicants using the contact details provided on the submission to inform them if their organisation is a finalist and the next steps.
What happens after finalists are chosen?
After the short list announcement, each judging panel will meet for a day to discuss the short-listed entries and decide who should be the overall winner, based on the original entry.
When will the winners be announced?
Winners for each category will be announced at the awards ceremony, taking place virtually on Thursday 9 September 2021 in Manchester.
My submission was unsuccessful in being shortlisted, is it possible to get feedback?
We are unable to provide feedback on entries which did not make it through the first stage of shortlisting.
Who will be judging the category I have entered?
Information for all of the confirmed judges can be found on www.housingheroesawards.co.uk/judging. They have all been carefully selected and are experts in their field.
The awards ceremony
What is the dress code for the awards?
Dress to impress!
How do I book for the award ceremony?
Tickets for the ceremony will be made available from June 2021. If your entry has been successfully shortlisted, we will contact you with more details on table packages and how to book your places at the ceremony.
Bookings need to be made using our online portal. Payment can be made either through invoice or debit/credit card payment.