CHWA 2021 Awards - Collective Power

Collective Power in partnership with Ideas Alliance and The LENs (Lived Experience Network)

To download your Collective Power application, click here. (Go back to main awards page here.)

Together we are stronger.  

In collaboration with the Ideas Alliance and The LENs this award aims to recognise an inspiring project, consortium, collective or movement of people in which meaningful partnership and co-production has improved the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities through culture and creativity.  

We are keen to hear about all scales of collaboration: from small grassroots initiatives and emerging virtual communities to sector-wide consortiums. Your work may address the specific wellbeing needs of local residents in a street, or challenge limiting societal beliefs or inequalities experienced by communities of people.  

Submissions must involve culture, creativity or the arts, and they must engage with health, care or wellbeing; but the partnership may also involve organisations or individuals engaged with activism, education, social justice or any other relevant sectors to bring about change.  

Working together with The LENs, we are increasing our focus on co-production and lived experience. We are particularly interested in examples where co-production is embedded in planning, design and delivery.  

We are also interested in the impacts, positive and negative, the pandemic has had on our capacity to build and sustain partnership. 

We invite all types of groups and collectives to apply. You do not need to be a constituted group, legal entity or established organisation. The key is meaningful partnerships and collaboration bringing together different fields of practice and lived experience. 

As part of this award, all shortlisted projects will be showcased nationally by the Ideas Alliance on their online Ideas Hub. Check out the Collective Power Shortlist 2020 blogs here.


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 appllication 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. 

Ideas Alliance

The Ideas Alliance is a social enterprise that promotes the benefits of collaborative and strengths-based and community driven approaches. 

The LENs

The LENs is a network of people who believe in the benefits of creative and cultural engagement to individual and collective wellbeing.