Celebrating Neighborhood-Led Partnerships

2023 Collaborative Spirit Award applications are due Sept. 25, 2023. Click here to apply.

INRC’s annual Collaborative Spirit Award celebrates unique, sustainable projects that demonstrate strong neighbor collaboration, leadership, and community partnerships that enhance the quality of life in our community. Awarded projects will be neighbor-led and neighborhood-initiated and driven, embracing the spirit of cooperation and grassroots leadership.

This award recognizes exceptional accomplishments by neighborhood associations and neighborhood-based organizations.

For this award, collaboration is defined as: coordinated efforts by more than one neighborhood association and private, philanthropic, governmental, or independent sector organizations or agencies with the intent of accomplishing a goal related to the betterment of the quality of life in Indianapolis neighborhoods. This may include, but not be limited to, collaborating on projects, community events, and/or neighborhood planning. Strong resident leadership is essential.

  • Any neighborhood association or neighborhood-based organization across the city is eligible to submit a nomination.
  • Only complete nominations with all supporting documentation and a 3–5-minute video will be considered.
  • The project must have occurred between January 1, 2023, and September 25, 2023.
  • Selection of award finalists and winners is based on the degree to which nominees are innovative, mobilized community resources, and created partnerships.

Nominate Your Project or Program for the 2023 Award!

Applicants will complete this short form, and then submit a 3-5 minute video describing their project. All eligible projects will be shared by INRC for a public vote to determine this year’s winner. Be sure to apply by September 25, 2023! More details about the timeline can be found here.

For information about previous Collaborative Spirit Awardees, please click here.