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Neighbor Power Indy 2021 Awards

About Neighbor Power Indy This year's Neighbor Power Indy will be held virtually March 4 - 6, 2021. The theme is: Community Healing. Neighbor Power Indy is a fast paced day of networking, interactive resident-led workshops, storytelling and a neighborhood awards ceremony. Convened by the Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center (INRC), this annual event draws neighbors, community leaders, business owners, nonprofits, corporate partners, and elected officials. Register for #NPI2021 here.

About The Neighbor Power Indy Awards Program:
We are no longer accepting nominations for the 2021 Neighbor Power Indy Awards program. Neighbor Power Indy features an awards program that recognizes grassroots activities and accomplishments that strengthen our neighborhoods. This year, it includes efforts to support neighbors during the COVID-19 pandemic and increase equity and access throughout their neighborhood and city. Awards will be presented in three categories, honoring neighborhood-based organizations and collaborations. Winning organizations in each category will receive a monetary award.

Selection will be based on the extent of grassroots leadership, community engagement, partnerships, impact and if these activities can be replicated. The Awards Committee is composed of neighborhood and community leaders.

Eligibility:
Neighbor Power Indy awards are designed to recognize neighbor- and neighborhood-led projects. If your neighborhood-based organization completed a neighborhood project or activity in 2020, you are invited to enter the 2021 Neighbor Power Indy Awards competition. This year, awards will highlight efforts to support neighbors during the COVID-19 pandemic and racil unrest, and efforts to increase equity and access. For more information about previous awardees, please visit here.

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 2020 and December 2020.

Application Process:
Nominations were due Monday, February 15, 2021. Groups can enter more than one project; however, separate forms must be completed for each entry. The Neighbor Power Indy Awards Committee reserves the right to place an application in the project category that it best fits. 

Questions? Contact Anne-Marie Taylor at ataylor@inrc.org.

The Awards:

1) Connecting Community Award
Projects or activities that improve services, cultural aspects, or connections in a neighborhood. Examples could include a local mural project, a neighborhood festival, community engagement programs, etc.

2) Building Local Economy Award
Projects or activities that improve business diversity or economic aspects of a neighborhood. Examples could include a farmer’s market, an eat/shop local initiative, small business support, etc.

3) Inspiring Places Award
Projects or activities that improve safety, housing, or beautification aspects of a neighborhood. Examples could include neighborhood clean-up efforts, community/police partnerships, streetscape improvements, gateways, etc.