When you have achieved the relevant points in each of the categories with your Eco Survey they will turn bronze, silver or gold. Then it’s time to apply for your Eco Church Award!
Remember, in order to qualify for an Award you must attain the required standard in each of the areas covered by the Eco Survey that apply to your church (we recognise that some churches do not have buildings or land).
Bronze and Silver Awards
When you have reached the award level the app will ask you whether you want to apply for an award. You will need to give your church leader’s details and the app will automatically e-mail them and ask them to confirm that the survey responses are accurate. You will also be asked whether you would like to purchase a plaque; and give you the opportunity to make a donation so that A Rocha UK can continue to offer Eco Church free of charge so that all churches can benefit (regardless of ability to pay). Once we have received your application we will review your survey and confirm your Award by email and then dispatch your certificate (and plaque, if you ordered and paid for one).
The procedure for applying for Gold Awards is the same as that outlined above for Bronze and Silver Award applications. However, in the case of Gold Awards on receipt of your award application we will contact you to make arrangements for an Eco Church Assessor to visit your church to see and hear themselves of all that you’ve been doing to care for God’s earth. They will then make a recommendation regarding the granting of the Eco Church Gold Award, and we will inform you of their decision.
Bronze and Silver award applications typically take 3 weeks to process. Gold applications can take longer due to the need to incorporate a church visit.