Falkirk Council recognises the outstanding achievements of individuals and groups and the contributions people make to community life in the Falkirk Council area by hosting civic receptions or giving awards or gifts. We may be able to provide financial assistance towards catering or other costs to organisations arranging their own event to mark a special occasion. For further information contact Members' Services.

Significant Anniversary

We can help recognise the special occasion of Falkirk residents who are celebrating their 100th birthday or couples celebrating their Diamond Wedding anniversary with a visit by the Provost. For further information contact Members' Services.

Annual Awards Ceremony

We host an annual awards ceremony to coordinate recognition for local people who have significant achievements. There are 3 main categories of award: sports, arts and Provost's award.

Sports Award

A sports award may be made to a resident of the Falkirk Council area for outstanding achievement in sport in the current calendar year.

Sports Award nomination form

Arts Award

An arts award may be made to a resident of the Falkirk Council area for outstanding achievement in art in the current calendar year.

Arts Award nomination form

Provost's Award

A Provost's award may be made to residents, former residents or individuals working in the area for:

  • Outstanding bravery
  • Exceptional contribution to the community
  • Exceptional contribution to the promotion of the area locally, nationally or internationally
  • Excellence in a chosen field such as academia, the arts, business, culture, science, sport or the voluntary sector
  • Other exceptional acts or achievements which the recognition panel deem appropriate.
Provost's Award nomination form

Nominations can be submitted at any time during the current year up until midday on 14 January of the following year for evaluation and consideration at the next annual awards ceremony, usually held in March.

Dennis Canavan Scholarship

The Dennis Canavan Scholarship was established for the purpose of making a financial award to a pupil who is pursuing a full time course in further or higher education.

The scholarship fund was set up by Falkirk Council in recognition of the remarkable political contribution by Dennis Canavan to the life of the Falkirk community.

For over 3 decades, Dennis Canavan represented Falkirk West as an MP and later as its first MSP, until he retired in 2007. He has always been committed to supporting young people at all levels of education.

The Scholarship will make an award of £500 each year to a young person who is attending school, who lives in the Falkirk Council area and who has given notable service to others, for example:

  • Voluntary work
  • Charity sponsorship
  • Sports coaching
  • Caring for others

Anyone from a school or community organisation can nominate a young person.

Dennis Canavan Scholarship nomination form

Nominations for this year's scholarship can be accepted up until 19 April for evaluation in May and award presentation in August or September.

Festival of Remembrance

The Festival of Remembrance is held annually on the Saturday before Remembrance Sunday. The event raises money for armed services charities and local organisations.

The festival combines an evening of entertainment involving local entertainers and a time of reflection and remembrance of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in two world wars and more recent conflicts.

Christmas Lights Switch-On

The Provost attends various events in November throughout Falkirk, Bonnybridge, Grangemouth and Airth for the Christmas light switch-on. This is a family event which marks the start of Christmas celebrations locally.

For further information on any of the above, please contact Members' Services.