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Recognizing community game changers in the Indy region by celebrating the people and places that have made outstanding progress in developing their neighborhoods as desirable places to live, work, learn, play, and stay.
The LOVE Thy Neighborhood Awards were created in 2017 by LISC Indianapolis and partners to encourage the transformation of neighborhoods throughout the Indy region into authentic and places, profoundly attractive and livable for both residents and visitors. Each year, 12 groups or projects are recognized with five winning unrestricted cash prizes.
In each category, three finalists (announced before the event) will be highlighted through short videos produced by the event organizers. The fifth award will be the LOVE award, which will be voted on and announced at the event. Winners of each category will receive $2500 cash award.
Recognizes an organization, individual, initiative or project with a long-standing commitment to healthy communities. Organizations that have created communities in which residents have daily access to art, nature, recreation and beauty.
Recognizes an outstanding organization, individual, initiative or project with a focus on building human capital, supporting existing businesses and redeveloping commercial property for viable new businesses, which requires the deployment of capital and technical support to bolster community entrepreneurs.
Recognizes an organization, individual, initiative or project that has helped to retain and attract residents to under-populated communities in a way that diversifies household income levels that leads to enhanced density and prosperity of these communities and the city.
Recognizes an organization, individual, initiative or project that has contributed significantly to the enhancement of the learning opportunities in communities. Communities that offer a rich array of educational opportunities to their residents from cradle to career to ensure that all children in these areas will have access to quality schools, and that adults will have opportunities to improve their employment skills.
The People’s Choice Award will be selected by a majority vote of those present at the awards gala. It will be selected from among the 12 finalists of the LOVE categories and the winner will receive $2500.