The People’s Pier, a network for communities that want to take over the management of local piers, has won a £3,000 grant by winning a peer-learning competition.
The competition, run by the community umbrella body Locality and funded by the Big Lottery Fund, was seeking the best examples of peer learning.
Two runners-up prizes of £1,000 were awarded to Hurst Green Community Shop and Centre in East Sussex and Transition Town Totnes in Devon.
The judges, who included Professor Fergus Lyon from the Third Sector Research Centre and Leila Baker, research manager at the Institute for Voluntary Action Research, scored entries for their innovation, impact and sustainability.
A statement from Locality said the People’s Pier, which is led by campaigners in Hastings, East Sussex, came out top "for demonstrating how its passion for community-owned piers has travelled along coastlines".
The group has shared its experiences by running seaside tours and making presentations to groups. It also has plans to launch an online network, said Locality.
Transition Town Totnes, set up to cut energy use and strengthen the neighbourhood, was recognised for its Transition Streets project, which helps groups of local people take steps to save energy.
Hurst Green Community Shop & Centre raised funds to take an 80-year lease on a church and redevelop it into a café, post office and community space, with support from the Plunkett Foundation.
Good practice from the winning projects will be shared through case studies, guides and events.