Local Council Award Scheme -


To achieve the quality award a council demonstrates that it meets all requirements of the foundation award and has additional documentation and information in place for good governance, effective community engagement and council improvement. The quality award criteria include the eligibility criteria for the general power of competence.

Download the latest guidance, application form and panel dates here

The council confirms by resolution at a full council meeting that it meets all requirements for the Foundation Award and that it also publishes on its website:


Registration fee: £50. 

Accreditation fee

Annual income under £25,000 - £80

Annual income over £25,000 - £100

All fees are payable to NALC.

How to Apply

You can apply for any award level - you don't need to start at Foundation

Step 1: Register with NALC 

You do not need to have all the criteria in place at this stage, you are simply registering your interest in taking part in the scheme

Step 2: have the criteria prepared and in place, confirm this in a public meeting

Step 3: send your completed application form to NALC

The council notifies the accreditation panel co-ordinator when the resolution has been agreed and provides a completed application form, including webpage addresses to where the information can be found online.

For panel dates and more information click here