Recognizing community game changers in the Indy region - Celebrating the people and places that have made outstanding progress in developing their neighborhoods as desirable places to live, work, learn, play, and stay.

Applications open
November 15, 2019
Award ceremony
April 16, 2020 at 5pm

Award criteria   Selection process

Deadline: February 2, 2020

The awards

Awards will be given highlighting a person, a project, an initiative, or an organization that has transformed a neighborhood, positively impacting the Livability, Opportunity, Vitality, and Education of their community.

In each category, three finalists (announced before the event) will be highlighted through short videos produced by the event organizers. The fifth award will be the LOVE award, which will be voted on and announced at the event. Winners of the People's Choice Award will receive $5,000 cash award and the others will receive a $2,500 cash award.
More about each award »

Livability Award

Recognizes an organization, individual, initiative or project with a long-standing commitment to healthy communities. Organizations that have created communities in which residents have daily access to art, nature, recreation and beauty.

Past winners:

2019 Winner: Indy Urban Acres

Opportunity Award

Recognizes an outstanding organization, individual, initiative or project with a focus on building human capital, supporting existing businesses and redeveloping commercial property for viable new businesses, which requires the deployment of capital and technical support to bolster community entrepreneurs.

Past winners:

2019 Winner: The Build Fund

Vitality Award

Recognizes an organization, individual, initiative or project that has helped to retain and attract residents to under-populated communities in a way that diversifies household income levels that leads to enhanced density and prosperity of these communities and the city.

Past winners:

2019 Winner: HAND’s Home Place Gardens

Education Award

Recognizes an organization, individual, initiative or project that has contributed significantly to the enhancement of the learning opportunities in communities. Communities that offer a rich array of educational opportunities to their residents from cradle to career to ensure that all children in these areas will have access to quality schools, and that adults will have opportunities to improve their employment skills.

Past winners:

2019 Winner: Starfish Initiative

People’s Choice Award

The People’s Choice Award will be selected by a majority vote of those present at the awards gala. It will be selected from among the 12 finalists of the LOVE categories and the winner will receive $2,500.

Past winners:

2019 Winner: Brookside Community Play

Indiana War Memorial

Award ceremony

April 16, 2020 at 5pm
Indiana War Memorial
431 N Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46204

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