The King's Award for Voluntary Service

The Queens Award for Voluntary Service was established in 2002 to celebrate The Queens Golden Jubilee and this has now been replaced by the King's Award for Voluntary Service.
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The awards are announced on The King's birthday, 14 November each year.

How to make a nomination

Anybody may nominate a group of volunteers but groups must not self-nominate. 

A group (consisting of 3 people or more) can be nominated if:

  • It is based in the UK
  • It has been in existence for at least 3 years
  • Over half of its members are volunteers.

Further information and nomination forms are available on The King's Award for Voluntary Service


Nomination must be received by mid-September each year to be considered for the following year. In some cases nominations can remain "active" for up to 3 years. 


King’s Award for Voluntary Service 2024

The nomination period for the 2024 King’s Award for Voluntary Service has now opened.

The King’s Award for Voluntary Service timetable

1 June – 15 September: the nomination period is open – new nominations for the award are being accepted.

December to May: eligible groups are assessed initially by local lieutenancies and then by the national assessors.

November onwards: The awardees are announced on 14 November. The KAVS crystal and certificate will be presented shortly afterwards by the Lord-Lieutenant of Cumbria

Get in touch

The Lieutenancy Office may be able to offer advice and mentoring to eligible applicants in the completion of the online application form.

If you would like to speak to us about your potential application, please contact us by email at: and we will be happy to assist.