Collaborative Spirit Award Eligibility Criteria

INRC’s Collaborative Spirit Award recognizes exceptional accomplishments by neighborhood associations and neighborhood-based organizations. Judging will be based on the extent of innovation, grassroots leadership and collaboration demonstrated by the nominated organization.    

Eligibility Criteria
For this award, collaboration is defined as: coordinated efforts by more than one neighborhood association and private, philanthropic, governmental or independent sector organizations or agencies with the intent of accomplishing a goal related to the betterment of the quality of life in Indianapolis neighborhoods. This may include, but not be limited to, collaborating on projects, community events and/or neighborhood planning. Strong resident leadership is essential.

  • Any neighborhood association or neighborhood-based organization across the city is eligible to submit an application.
  • Only complete applications with a 3–5-minute video submitted by Friday, Oct. 28th, 2022 can be considered.
  • The project must have occurred between January 1, 2022 and October 1st, 2022.

When submitting your 3-5 minute video, please consider the following:

  • Please describe the nominated project or initiative accomplished between January 1, 2022 and October 1, 2022.
  • Describe how your project/initiative contributed to enhancing the quality of life in Indianapolis neighborhoods, mobilized community resources, and created partnerships.
  • What prompted your organization to develop this project/activity? What circumstances and/or situations identified this as a community priority? 
  • Describe how your project demonstrates strong resident leadership.
  • How has the project demonstrated collaboration? Identify partners and describe their involvement.
  • Why do you think this project was successful? What ongoing benefits to the community do you anticipate as a result of this project?
  • If applicable, share opportunities to sustain and replicate the project.

For questions regarding the Collaborative Spirit Award application, please contact INRC at 317-920-0330 or