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Invitation to apply for 2015 All-America City Awards

Become a 2015 All-America City!

Join with city managers across the country who have energized their communities through the All-America City Awards.  Each year 20 finalist communities gather to share their community’s successes and learn from other’s while competing for the “Nobel Prize of Civic Accomplishment”, the National Civic League’s All-America City Award. To be chosen as one of the ten winners, a community must demonstrate innovation, impact, inclusiveness, civic engagement, and cross sector collaboration by describing three successful efforts to address pressing local challenges.

On a monthly basis, NCL is conducting conference calls featuring the 2014 All-America Cities.  Let us know at if you want to be invited to these free calls.  

This year, there are also regional peer-learning forums.  The next one is Dec 3, 2014 in Gladstone, Missouri (outside of Kansas City, Missouri).  It will feature Missouri and Kansas All-America Cities.  The regional forums are free and open to all city leaders.   Get more information from Sarah at  A Mid-Atlantic forum will be in March 2015 in Roanoke, Virginia.

The competition weekend is full of peer learning exchanges and networking opportunities, in the words of a 2014 participant AAC is “Such an incredible experience seeing all of the hard work others are doing in their cities and bonding with the delegates from my own city. I loved coming to Denver for reasons that surprised me. Not only did I feel great pride for Chelsea, but for the USA in general. So much positive growth is happening. I felt motivated and inspired to get back home and even more fully participate in the change I want to see!”

The All-America City spotlight for 2015 is engaging and supporting vulnerable boys and young men. NCL takes a broad and inclusive view of vulnerable boys and young men and includes populations that are African American, Latino, Native American, Asian Pacific Islander, economically challenged, disabled, LGBTQI, religious and other at-risk or under-served identities.

Around the country, communities are adopting approaches to help provide the opportunity for boys and young men to create a path to success and we hope to uplift those programs to be used as replicable models for other communities on key issues such as education, health, access to housing, jobs, racial healing, empowerment, income inequality, and achievement, among others. One, two or three projects in the application can address the theme.

Learn more and request an application.

2015 Award Timeline:

November 25, 2014 - Submit a LOI to receive a 50% discount on the application fee

March 10, 2015 – Application due (LOI is not required for application submission)

April 2015 – Finalists announced