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Nominate a group for The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

Nominations are now open for The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) 2021.

The QAVS is the highest award for voluntary groups and is the equivalent of the MBE. It is awarded to outstanding groups of volunteers whose level of initiative and impact are truly exceptional. Each group is assessed on the benefit they bring to their local community and their standing within that community. 

Eligibility criteria

Before nominating, groups should meet the following specific criteria:

  • The group must be made up of three or more people
  • The group must be based in the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man
  • The group must have been operating for at least three years
  • It must provide a specific local benefit
  • QAVS is not intended for national organisations. However, an individual branch that serves a local community can be nominated
  • QAVS is looking for evidence that the volunteers are initiating and managing the group’s work. They would expect the group to have more volunteers than paid staff
  • More than half the group's volunteers must have the right of residence in the UK
  • Groups operating solely for the benefit of animals are not eligible

Further eligibility critera applies and can be accessed by reading the application Guidance Notes.

Who can make a nomination?

Nominations must be made by an independent party. The nominator should be a member of the public with good knowledge of the group's work. A beneficiary or long-term supporter would be ideal. The nomination form must not be written or submitted by a volunteer, employee, trustee or anyone involved with the running of the group.

Nominations can only be made via The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service website. Please note, individuals will need to register in order to submit their nominations.

The application deadline is Wednesday 15 September 2021.

If you need help or advice to complete the form, please contact the QAVS Team, call 0207 271 6206 or email queensaward@dcms.gov.uk


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Date Posted: 
Tuesday, 20 April, 2021

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