The Hillsborough County Neighborhood Awards program recognizes organizations in unincorporated Hillsborough County that have fostered healthy, safe, and engaged neighborhoods through exceptional programs, projects, and events. Eligible organizations may submit up to three applications (one application per award) for projects that occurred between July 2022 and July 2023. In addition, the Neighborhood of the Year Award recognizes the award recipient with the most impactful project. The application period is Monday, July 10, 2023 through Thursday, August 4, 2023, at 5 PM.
• Must be a Civic Association, Homeowners Association, or a Special Taxing District
• Must be located within unincorporated Hillsborough County
• Projects that received a 2022 Hillsborough County Neighborhood Award are not eligible.
• Before applying, your organization must also be listed in the Neighborhood Directory Listing.
Healthy Neighborhood Award
This award recognizes a neighborhood organization that has fostered the health of its community though conservation, environmental stewardship, or healthy lifestyle offerings. Projects that could qualify for this award might include a community cleanup, tree planting, xeriscaping in common areas, neighborhood litter walks, low-volume irrigation, healthy eating programs, mental health and well-being programs, play or exercise projects, walking path creation, healthy cooking demonstrations, and Zen Garden creation.
Safe Neighborhood Award
This award recognizes a neighborhood organization that has made their community safer or better prepared for disaster. Examples of qualifying projects include swim safety, stranger danger, anti-bullying, gun safety, cyber safety, creating disaster kits for the community, working with partner agencies to develop a neighborhood preparedness plan, or your neighborhood’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) activities to support Hillsborough County’s disaster preparedness efforts.
Engaged Neighborhood Award
This award recognizes a neighborhood organization that fostered community spirit and engagement through volunteerism or communication initiatives. Projects that could qualify for recognition include food pantry donation events, neighborhood cleanups, initiatives to assist neighbors in need, events that connect community members, or communications that educate residents about local happenings, services, or projects