Nominate your neighborhood organization for City of Charlotte’s Annual Neighborhood Leadership Awards

Nominate your neighborhood organization for City of Charlotte’s Annual Neighborhood Leadership Awards
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From now until the August 19th nomination deadline, the City of Charlotte is asking local residents to help recognize neighborhood-based organizations that are doing great work in Charlotte communities.

Nominations are being requested for the following categories:

(Visit the Neighborhood Leadership Awards website for evaluation criteria.)

Community Safety Ambassador

Recognizes neighborhood organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the improvement of police-community relations in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area. Award Sponsor: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.


Embracing Diversity

This award recognizes a neighborhood group that bridges cultural gaps between neighbors and celebrates diversity in their planning and activities. Efforts may include: organizing festivals or parties that encourage sharing cultural traditions; reaching out to diverse communities to offer services and/or assistance; establishment of a diversity task force or outreach group, or accessibility improvements translating neighborhood resources; and signage or communication tools in additional languages. Award Sponsor: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Department.

Good Neighbors

Recognized a neighborhood organization that collaborates to develop improvement projects, initiatives and communication resources that address neighborhood beautification, compliance with current codes and regulations, and engagement of residents in activities to improve the community. Award Sponsor: City of Charlotte Code Enforcement.

Moving Charlotte Forward

Recognizes neighborhoods that have made an outstanding contribution to the promotion of transportation choices, transportation safety, and neighborhood livability.  This award will be given to a neighborhood group that has worked extensively to build consensus for and/or developed innovative projects that create better transportation options for residents. Recognition will be given to neighborhoods who have collaborated with the City to address transportation concerns or have used a grassroots approach to improve their neighborhood’s transportation. Award Sponsor: Charlotte Department of Transportation.

Sustainability Leadership

It’s been said that it takes a village, and achieving community sustainability is truly a team effort. This category recognizes neighborhood associations working from the ground up to implement sustainability initiatives within the community. Award Sponsor: Charlotte Water.



(1) Who evaluates the criteria?

Winners will be determined by a committee consisting of several City of Charlotte departments. Next month, community members will have the opportunity to select their favorite nomination for the People’s Choice Award on the City of Charlotte’s Facebook page.

(2) What does the winning neighborhood organization for each category receive? Is there a ceremony?

The Neighborhood Leadership Awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, Sept. 19 at Victory Lane Karting in Charlotte. The day will start at 8:15am with workshops followed by the Neighborhood Leadership Awards ceremony. Winners will receive two Neighborhood Leadership Awards Winner street signs that can be installed in their neighborhood.


(3) How many years has this awards program been in place? 

This is the third year that we’ve held the Neighborhood Leadership Awards.

(4) Which organizations were recognized last year? 

Click here to see a list of last year’s Neighborhood Leadership Awards winners.

(5) Why is this program important to the City of Charlotte? 

The Neighborhood Leadership Awards is an opportunity for the City of Charlotte to recognize the hard work of neighborhood residents to make Charlotte a great place to live, work and play.

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