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This year’s Hillsborough County Neighborhood Awards program recognizes neighborhood organizations that have fostered healthy, safe, and engaged neighborhoods through exceptional programs, projects, and events that occurred between October 2021 and October 2022. The application period closes Friday, December 22, 2022 at 5 p.m.

Eligible applicants may submit up to one project per award subcategory (up to six applications). Up to one award will be given in each of the six award subcategories. In addition, there will be one Neighborhood of the Year Award, which will recognize the awardee whose project was most impactful overall.

Eligibility

  • Must be a Civic Association, Homeowners Association, or a Special Taxing District
  • Must be located within Hillsborough County. This includes the unincorporated area of the county as well as the cities of Tampa, Plant City, and Temple Terrace.
  • Must be included in the Neighborhood Directory Listing before applying for any Neighborhood Awards

Neighborhood Award Categories

  1. Healthy Neighborhood Category

    Recognizes neighborhood organizations that participate in programs and services that positively impact the health of their community.

    Healthy Environment Award
    This award recognizes a neighborhood organization that has fostered a healthy community by participating in conservation or environmental stewardship programs and services. Consider projects that result in environmental sustainability such as recycling, waste reduction, community gardens, environmental educational programs, water conservation, and energy efficiency programs. Projects that could qualify might include a community clean-up, tree planting, xeriscaping in common areas, neighborhood litter walks, or low-volume irrigation.

    Neighborhood Wellness Award This award recognizes a neighborhood that participates in projects that promote and encourage healthy lifestyles. Projects that could qualify for recognition might include healthy eating programs, mental health and well-being programs, play or exercise projects, walking path creation, healthy cooking demonstrations, and Zen Garden creation.

  2. Safe Neighborhood Category

    Recognizes neighborhood organizations committed to making their community a safer place for residents to live and play.

    Safe Neighborhood Award
    This award recognizes neighborhood organizations who make their community safe through participation in programs such as swim safety, stranger danger, anti-bullying, gun safety, or cyber safety.

    Neighborhood Preparedness Award
    This award recognizes neighborhood organizations that have encouraged individual and/or neighborhood-wide disaster preparedness planning. Projects that could qualify for recognition might include building disaster kits for the community, working with partner agencies to develop a neighborhood plan, or the work that your neighborhood’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) did to support Hillsborough County’s disaster preparedness efforts.

  3. Engaged Neighborhood Category

    Recognizes neighborhood organizations that come together to build a strong sense of community spirit.

    Engaged Through Volunteerism Award
    This award recognizes neighborhood organizations that come together for the sake of others to make good things happen through volunteerism. This can be through a variety of programs and services that enhance or maintain the quality of life. Projects that could qualify for recognition might include food pantry donation events, neighborhood cleanup events, and initiatives to assist neighbors in need.

    Engaged Through Communication Award
    This award recognizes neighborhood organizations that keep their community engaged and informed. Projects that could qualify for recognition might include sharing Hillsborough County Neighborhood Relations messaging, initiatives that connect community members, or communications that educate residents about local happenings, services, or projects.

Contacts

For questions or assistance, contact your Neighborhood Liaison.


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