First awarded in 1999, it is named after three presidents: The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Archbishop of York as Joint Presidents of the National Churches Trust, and the EASA President. The award is given for the best example of new design in re-ordering, alterations, extensions or new buildings which are specifically for liturgical use.

Award nominations are considered by the Association in conjunction with the National Churches Trust (formerly the ICBS) and awarded at the EASA Annual General Meeting. The award is given to the designer and the ICBS Chalice and Paten are lent to the winning parish to be held by them for the next year. The winning church or chapel will receive a £500 prize.

The 2019 Presidents’ Award for new church buildings and new designs in re-ordering, alteration, or extension was awarded to a project by Roz Barr Architects to restore and refurbish St Augustine’s Roman Catholic church, an unlisted Edwardian church in Hammersmith, London,

The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO ARIBA, Vice President of the National Churches Trust, presented the Presidents’ Award, a chalice and paten commissioned by the Incorporated Church Building Society and made after World War II, together with a £500 cheque, to the winners.

Bethnal Green Mission Church by architects Gatti Routh Rhodes was Highly Commended for the Presidents’ Award. This entirely new church forms the heart of a new urban block which includes a community centre and café and 14 flats.

The renovation and improvements to Grade I Listed St Mary’s church, in Melton Mowbray Leicestershire by architects Buttress, won the 2018 Presidents’ Award, given for new church buildings and new designs in re-ordering, alteration, or extension. The church plays a key part in the community, including hosting the British Pie Awards. A key aim for the project was to improve the church’s catering facilities to support its growing role as a space for community events. In response, the architects designed a new refreshment facility that can be entirely concealed when not in use. As a covered island unit, it can be wheeled out into the necessary position when required. To make the church more comfortable, as well as accessible to a number of visitors, changes to the floor, lighting and audio-visual equipment were also undertaken. Underfloor heating has been installed, and a new stone floor was laid to remove the level change and return the floor to its pre-19th century height. The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO ARIBA, Vice President of the National Churches Trust, presented the Presidents’ Award for new church buildings and re-orderings, extensions or alterations to existing church buildings together with a £500 cheque to the winners. Highly Commended Two project were Highly Commended for the Presidents’ Award: Potter Church & Holmes Architect for Ealing Green church, Ealing and GLM Architects for St Comghan's chapel, Kilchoan, Scotland.