Lush Spring Prize

The Lush Spring Prize comprises of a £200,000 prize fund and other support activities, to build capacity for those repairing the earth’s damaged systems.

It is for organisations that are working to revive damaged social and natural environments, and who want to share what they are doing to inspire and inform others.

On February 5th 2021, the Lush Spring Prize opened its virtual doors to applications from around the world.

People all over the world are developing and remembering ways to live in cooperation with nature and each other. They are resisting further damage, restoring ecosystems, generating renewable resources, nurturing solidarity and building health, wholeness and resilience. The Lush Spring Prize supports and celebrates their work.

As a biennial £200,000 fund, the Spring Prize welcomes applications from any group working to regenerate environmental and/or social systems. Groups can apply in one of four categories:

  • Intentional - For great new ideas and projects up to 1 year old, to help establish a strong foundation from which to grow.

  • Young - For projects and organisations of 1-5 years old that have a proven track record and which are seeking more funding to expand or develop.

  • Established- For groups or organisations that demonstrate successful and inspirational work over more than 5 years. We hope for prize money to spread the word of their work to inspire more people to get involved with the regenerative movement.

  • Influence- For those campaigning or lobbying to influence policy, regulation or public opinion in support of regeneration. This prize is aimed at supporting those who are changing the context in which we are all working.

The Spring Prize receives hundreds of nominations and the winners are chosen from a shortlist by a diverse panel of judges from around the world, each with their own expertise and experience. 

The 2021 Spring Prize also added an option for groups to be nominated to apply.

In some contexts, it can be less culturally appropriate to put one’s own group forward for a prize. That’s why the Spring Prize welcomes others to nominate groups. Those groups will then be invited to fill in an application form.

2021 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2021 awards has been announced, with 54 projects from around the world on the list. Read more in our feature article, and see the full shortlist on the Spring Prize website.

The Spring Prize has run for three cycles, and has welcomed over 700 applications from every continent apart from Antarctica. Previous Spring Prize winners are listed on the Spring Prize website alongside shortlisted projects. They demonstrate the variety of approaches that can be taken to create a more regenerative society, from restoring degraded landscapes to creating platforms that give a voice to marginalised communities.

Image: Alianza Ceibo
Alianza Ceibo has been shortlisted in thr 'Young Prize category. Alianza Ceibo’s teams from the A'i Kofan, Siona, Siekopai, and Waorani indigenous nations.


People all over the world are developing ways to live in harmony with nature and each other. They are resisting further damage, restoring ecosystems, generating renewable resources, nurturing solidarity and building health, wholeness and resilience.

Regeneration can mean a lot of different things to different people. By regeneration we mean systems and practices that take a ‘holistic’ approach to solving environmental, social and economic problems; aiming to restore health, wholeness and resilience.

We are looking for projects that are actively contributing to the health of all the systems they are part of.

As well as helping to restore the natural systems in the place the project is based, projects should be nurturing the wellbeing of all their workers, the capacity of the community around them, and the networks they are connected to.

We are seeking projects that are aware of the challenges they face, and building the capacity of their own organisation to improve and evolve.

Finally, projects should be sharing their experience so that others can be inspired by their work, adapt the knowledge to their own situations and develop the regenerative movement.