CHWA 2021 Awards - Climate

Climate Award in partnership with The Happy Museum Project and Culture Declares Emergency

To download the Climate application form click here. (Go back to the main awards page here.)

In 2020 the world faced the realities of three emergencies which threaten the wellbeing of people, place and planet. A global pandemic that has revealed growing global and local inequalities – including the impacts of racism on our health as a society and as individuals – and a climate and ecological emergency. These cannot be seen as separate concerns. Health, inequality and climate are interwoven consequences of how we as humans treat each other and the world around us.  

Joining forces with The Happy Museum Project and Culture Declares Emergency, we want to shine a light on the people and projects using creativity and culture to address these challenges.  

We are looking  for projects/organisations that are recognising the connections between climate, health inequalities and creativity/culture. Submissions could include projects that link mental health, climate justice and creativity, for example, or connect nature, culture and wellbeing. They might be about building “safe and brave places”, grassroots movements, internal campaigns that are raising awareness, or organisations instigating systemic changes in approaches to procurement, commissioning and selection of work and resources. These are just suggestions and we are happy to be surprised and delighted by practice we had never considered.   


Notes for Applicants: 

  • We can accept applications in different formats. Please do contact the CHWA Awards Team at and we can support you in this process. 

  • Projects or programmes need to be based in the UK and we can only accept one application per organisation per award. 

  • At least some of the project / programme needs to have taken place since March 2020 and the national lockdown but we are delighted to accept work that began before and has had to adapt or work that was developed directly in response to the lockdown  

  • Projects or programmes can be ongoing but need to be able to demonstrate impact or change. 

  • There is no cash prize but the awards will be widely publicized via CHWA and our partners’ websites and networks and are an opportunity to showcase your work nationally.   

Important Dates for Applicants: 

Submission deadline is 5pm, Friday 12 February. Please email your application to 

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by the Alliance soon after and their projects published on the CHWA website. 

Winners will be announced at an open online event as part of the CHWA 2021 Conference: A Culture of Care on Friday 23 April 2021.  

The Happy Museum Project

The Happy Museum Project looks at how the museum sector can respond to the challenge of creating a more sustainable future.

Culture Declares Emergency

We are a growing international movement of individuals and organisations in the cultural sector declaring climate and ecological emergency. This means telling the truth, taking action and seeking justice.