Skip to main content

Entry Criteria

You can enter the Families Included Prize as on your own, as part of a group or as part of an organisation, such as a charity or business. 

Before entering, please read the full terms and conditions to be sure you're eligible.

Here are some of the key points:

All entrants must be willing to share their experience of developing their idea publicly if they're chosen as a finalist, for example, by blogging about it for Essex Challenge Prizes.

You can enter as an individual:

  • if you live or work in the area covered by Essex County Council, and
  • if you or anyone in your immediate family work for Essex County Council, they are at Pay Band 5 or lower.

You can enter as a group:

  • if one or more group member lives or works in the area covered by Essex County Council, and
  • if any group member works or an immediate family member works for Essex County Council, they are at Pay Band 5 or lower.

You can enter as an organisation:

  • if your organisation is based in the area covered by Essex County Council.
  • if your organisation is not based in the area covered by Essex County Council, then your idea must be created, developed and  tested with Essex-based families with young children under 5. This will make sure that the idea is addressing the issues facing families in Essex.

Please bear in mind that, we are looking for ideas from Essex for Essex. 

If you're not sure whether you're in the area covered by Essex County Council, use find your local council.

Now that you know if you're eligible to enter, you'll want to know what kinds of ideas could win to find out what our judges are looking for.

Nine Challenge Prize finalists