Celebrating Neighborhood Partnerships

The annual Collaborative Spirit Award celebrates unique, sustainable projects that demonstrate strong partnerships and enhance the quality of life in our community. Awarded projects will embrace the spirit of cooperation and community leadership.

Please submit the  online application  below by 5p on Friday, September 2, 2016.

Eligibility Criteria and Selection Process

The outcome of the nominated initiative must have been achieved, or a significant milestone towards completion must have been reached, between January 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016.

Collaboration is defined for this award as: coordinated efforts by a neighborhood association and private, philanthropic, governmental or independent sector organizations or agencies with the intent of accomplishing a goal that will improve the quality of life in an Indianapolis neighborhood(s). This may include, but not be limited to, collaboration on projects, events, and/or neighborhood planning. Strong resident leadership is essential.

Selection of award finalists will be based on the degree to which nominees are innovative, have overcome obstacles and mobilized community resources and created partnerships among people of different ages, cultures and economic status who might not ordinarily work together. 

Submission: Completed applications must be received by 5pm on Friday, September 2, 2016.

Announcement: Up to three finalists will be selected and notified by September 15, 2016. All finalists will make a presentation at INRC's 22nd Annual Meeting (6pm Tuesday, September 27), and committee members and audience votes will determine the awardee.

A cash award will be presented to the awardee, and INRC will nominate the 2016 Collaborative Spirit Awardee for national award consideration at the May, 2017 Neighborhoods, USA (NUSA) conference ( 

Previous Award Winners

To see a listing of previous Collaborative Spirit Awardees, including three NUSA awardees in 2007, 2014 and 2016, please click here.

2016 Nomination: