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Created to celebrate community game changers in the Indy region, the Love Thy Neighborhood Awards in 2019 awarded $15,000 last year to incredible community projects improving Livability, Opportunity, Vitality, and Education in Indianapolis. Nominations for amazing projects, people, initiatives, or organizations are being accepted now. The submission deadline is Jan. 30, 2020. The 2020 Love Thy Neighborhood Awards will take place on Thursday, April 16 at the Indiana War Memorial.
Awards will be given highlighting a person, a project, an initiative, or an organization that has transformed a neighborhood, positively impacting the Livability, Opportunity, Vitality, and Education of their community.
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 the People's Choice Award will receive $5,000 cash award and the others will receive a $2,500 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 $2,500.