Questions and Answers

What is the Nomination Criteria?

  • Nominees should either work, live, volunteer or be in education or training within the Mid Sussex District area.  
  • Data: We need contact information for both nominator and nominees regarding the Awards and to issue invitations to those who are included in the final shortlist.  This data will not be used for any other reason; shared with third parties or retained longer than needed beyond the event date.
  • The event management team will advise if any additional information is required.
  • There are no age limits for nominees with the exception of the Youth Awards.
  • Nominations may be scrutinised for accuracy.
  • Nominations must be made in writing, either through the link on the Nominations Tab; by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or in writing to Mid Sussex Applauds, Mid Sussex District Council, Oaklands, Oaklands Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 1SS
  • All nominations must be received by the nomination deadline
  • Unless otherwise advised, we will assume that shortlisted nominees who accept an invitation to attend the Awards Presentation event agree to their names and images being shared either online or in print.  Please email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. should you have any concerns or wish to discuss.

How does the judging work? 

  • The judges will select a shortlist based on nominations along with any support information available.
  • Nominees may be placed into alternative categories at the judges’ discretion.
  • Nominations for previous nominees and previous winners are welcome. Judges will look particularly for what previous winners have achieved since their last award which would make an additional award appropriate.
  • Multiple nominations for a single nominee are welcome but will not necessarily affect the overall decision.
  • The judges’ decision is final. Their deliberations will remain confidential and no correspondence will be entered into regarding decisions made.
  • If any judge has a direct association with a nominee they will not take part in the decision making process for the relevant category.

Who can attend the Awards Presentation? 

  • Shortlisted nominees and a guest will be invited, plus those who nominated them will be invited to attend the Awards Presentation. The event is strictly by invitation only.
  • Children are very welcome.  Parents and carers will know best whether their children will be happy to remain seated for the duration of the event.
  • We apologise but due to high numbers we are only able to make tickets available to shortlisted nominees and their supporters and those who nominated them.

What can we expect at the Awards Presentation event? 

  • The Awards event takes place in the early afternoon.  There are approximately one hour of Awards and then a catered sit-down afternoon tea.
  • Please advise the organisers of any accessibility or dietary requirements on receipt of your invitation.
  • If anyone in your party requires assistance please advise so we can ensure we meet your needs.
  • Photographs of the winners in each category will be sent to the winners after the event free of charge.
  • All audience members are invited to join us for a complimentary afternoon tea after the Awards Event. 
  • Plans are subject to change depending on any restrictions which may be in place at that time and to ensure the safety of all our guests

Contact/Event Management 

  • Should you have any questions regarding any aspect of the event please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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