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Neighbor Power Indy 2019 Awards Nomination Form


OFFICIAL APPLICATION FORM: Call for Award Entries

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Thank you to all who nominated their neighborhood! 
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About Neighbor Power Indy:
The 8th annual Neighbor Power Indy will be held Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Marian University. This year's theme is: Connecting People and Places. 

Neighbor Power Indy is a fast-paced day of interactive resident-led workshops, neighborhood storytelling and a neighborhood awards ceremony. Convened by the Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center (INRC), in partnership with the City of Indianapolis, this annual event draws neighbors, community leaders, business owners, nonprofits, corporate partners, and elected government officials. 

About the Neighbor Power Indy Awards Program:
The Neighbor Power Indy awards program recognizes activities and accomplishments already making our neighborhoods stronger. Awards will be presented in three categories — Connecting Community, Building Local Economy, and Inspiring Places — honoring those who have accomplished high-quality neighborhood work that represents diverse geography and covers comprehensive topics. Winning organizations in each category will be announced at Neighbor Power Indy and will receive a monetary award.

Download this list of past awardees to see the past projects that have won.

Eligibility:
Neighbor Power Indy awards are designed to recognize neighbor- and neighborhood-led projects. Eligible applicants must be groups of individuals, associations, or not-for-profit organizations (community development corporations, grassroots organizations) working in partnership with neighborhoods and neighbors. Eligible projects must have been completed in Marion County between January 2018 and December 2018.

The Awards:

1) Connecting Community Award 
Given to an institution, organization, or group of people that exemplify leadership, collaboration, and vision in their work to improve services, education, or cultural aspects of the quality of life in their neighborhoods. This would include, but is not limited to, a neighborhood cultural event, formation of a neighborhood group, crime watch program, community/ police partnerships, etc.

2) Building Local Economy Award
Given to an institution, organization, or group of people that exemplify leadership, collaboration, and vision in their work to improve business diversity or economic aspects of the quality of life in their neighborhoods. This would include, but is not limited to, a farmer's market, hiring locally, eat/shop local, small business development, job training, etc.

3) Inspiring Places Award
Given to an institution, organization, or group of people that exemplify leadership, collaboration, and vision in their work to improve safety, housing, or beautification aspects of the quality of life in their neighborhoods. This would include but not be limited to a local mural project, park/greenspace development, housing development, a neighborhood clean-up effort, streetscape improvement, gateway, etc.

Definitions:

Three awards will be presented. For each of these, applicants will be asked how the project and those involved exemplify leadership, collaboration, and vision. For the purposes of these award criteria, these are defined as:

Leadership: The capacity and action of guiding a project through to successful completion. Healthy neighborhoods value and cultivate skilled leadership and an active citizenry. Healthy neighborhoods possess a complement of local organizations, civic associations, religious communities, and/or community development corporations composed of the diverse, local array of racial, ethnic, and economic constituencies.

Vision: A thoughtful plan for how things could be in your community. Healthy neighborhoods foster the creation of “future community visions” and develop a holistic set of neighborhood strategies to achieve their vision. The ability to collaborate across barriers and sectors to successfully implement these strategies is recognized and valued.

Collaboration: To work jointly with individuals and organizations outside of your organization/association in order to reach a common goal. Healthy neighborhoods exist within a metropolitan setting where governments and the private, philanthropic, and independent sectors value and provide coordinated support for neighborhood association formation and growth, local leadership development, and holistic community development initiatives.

2018 Neighbor Power Indy Award Winners

The Connecting Community Award: This award is given to an institution, organization, or group of people that exemplify leadership, collaboration, and vision in their work to improve services, education, or cultural aspects of the quality of life in their neighborhoods. Previous awardees include the Irvington Development Organization's Streetscape Project that transformed their main neighborhood corridor into a more attractive, safe, and pedestrian friendly gateway, and last year’s awardee, Southeast Neighborhood Development (SEND) and their support of the Twin Aire Neighborhood Coalition.

WINNER: Haughville STRONG Neighborhood Association

Haughville STRONG is the result of a thoughtful and diverse group of residents and community partners putting community first. They continually find creative and intentional ways to engage neighbors in planning, setting goals, and developing an inclusive structure -- resulting in growing and diverse community engagement and leadership, as well as positive developments in their neighborhood.


The Inspiring Places Award: This award is given to an institution, organization, or group of people that exemplify leadership, collaboration, and vision in their work to improve safety, housing, or beautification aspects of the quality of life in their neighborhoods. Previous awardees have included Fuller Legacy Build and its collaboration and work to revitalize the 1200 block of St. Paul Street, Ransom Place Neighborhood Association for envisioning and developing Ransom Place Pocket Park.

WINNER: The Ross Foundation

The Ross Foundation was chosen for its Building Alternative Solutions In our Community (B.A.S.I.C.) Program, a neighborhood-based strategy to reduce crime in the 42nd and Post Road area by increasing social and community cohesion, and mobilizing residents to get involved in reducing crime in their neighborhood. The BASIC program boasts over 25 community advocates, 50+ volunteers, and partnerships with area apartment communities, IMPD and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, as well as a recent award of a Community Crime Prevention Grant from The Indianapolis Foundation.

The Building Local Economy Award: This award is given to an institution, organization, or group of people that exemplify leadership, collaboration, and vision in their work to improve business diversity or economic aspects of the quality of life in their neighborhoods. Previous awardees include Binford Redevelopment and Growth (BRAG) for their ongoing work to attract and support commercial revitalization around 71st Street and Binford Blvd., and last year’s awardee, Old Southside Neighborhood Association’s Property Showcase, an event that welcomed over 130 people and highlighted the many opportunities for living, working and commercial growth in the Old Southside.

WINNER: South Indy Quality of Life Plan

South Indy is an area that includes eight neighborhoods over an eight square mile area, and the plan has been a collaborative effort of residents, businesses, churches, educational institutions, community organizations, city leaders, and foundations. The South Indy Quality of Life action teams implemented many activities in 2017, including: hosting a job fair in collaboration with area businesses and service providers; promoting the Garfield Park Farmer’s Market’s SNAP program, resulting in a 50%+ increase in transactions and sales; creating the Madison Avenue Economic Revitalization Study RFP; and organizing 17 community-wide events at 12 SoIndy business/organization locations.

Read more about our previous award winners here.

2019 Neighbor Power Indy!

Marian University, 3200 Cold Spring Road

Convened by INRC, Neighbor Power Indy brings together hundreds of neighborhood residents, community leaders, business owners, nonprofits, corporate partners, government staff and elected officials from all over Indianapolis! Neighbor Power is FREE and lunch is included. You must register to attend. This year's theme is "Connecting People and Places."   ...

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