Neighborhood Communications Award
Many of our neighborhood groups get the word out, promote their organization and communicate with members through printed newsletters, brochures, flyers, new resident guides, etc. Additionally, in this age of technology, electronic communications such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, SnapChat, Neighborland, NextDoor, Vimeo and others will also be considered.
The Neighborhood Communications Award is intended to recognize excellence in quality and creativity in neighborhood-oriented publications and/or other neighborhood communication outreach activities.
- Eligibility Requirements
- How to Nominate
- Support Documentation for Nominee
- Submission Deadline
- Judging Criteria
Any resident-led, resident-controlled city neighborhood organization recognized by the RNA and Office of Neighborhood Services is eligible to apply or be nominated for these awards. This includes neighborhood associations, homeowner associations, neighborhood watch groups and tenant associations. Neighborhood groups may nominate themselves, another neighborhood and/or individuals for their efforts to improve the quality of living in Roanoke.
To be considered:
- The project or activity must have been carried out during July 1st through October 31st.
- A Nomination Form must be completed and submitted by the November 18th.
- A separate Nomination Form must be submitted for each activity or individual being nominated.
- There is no limit to the number of nominations that can be submitted by any one individual or group.
How To Nominate
- Complete and submit an easy Online Neighborhood Award Nomination Form accompanied by description and a sample of the publication and a description of the project.
- A fillable PDF Neighborhood Award Nomination Form can also be downloaded, completed, and mailed with a postmark by November 18th deadline to the Office of Neighborhood Services, Attn: RNA Neighborhood Awards Committee, 215 Church Ave SW, Room 364 South, Roanoke, VA 24011.
- Include documentation such as pamphlets, website links, articles, samples, presentations, photographs, news clippings, letters of support, etc. supporting the impact and accomplishments achieved by the nominee.
- There is no limit to the number of nominations you can submit.
Nomination Description & Support Documentation
The Description must be typed or printed on not more than two pages of 8½ x 11" paper with the name of the nominee in the upper left corner of each page. Please submit documentation such as pamphlets, articles, presentations, photographs, news clippings, letters of support, etc. supporting the impact and accomplishments achieved.
The following criteria should be addressed in the project description:
- What was the goal of the publication/communication?
- What need did you address and what is the benefit to the community?
- Who designed the layout?
- Is the layout/typing/printing done professionally or by neighborhood volunteers?
- Is the electronic communication administered professionally or by a neighborhood volunteer?
- How is the communication distributed? (Volunteers, mailed?)
- What is the estimated amount of volunteer hours contributed?
- Dependent upon printed and/or electronic means, how often do you produce the communication (daily, monthly, quarterly, biannually, annually)?
- What was the impact to the neighborhood and/or community at large?
All entries must be received no later than November 18. You may download, complete and scan your paper copy nomination and email it or mail it to:
Roanoke Neighborhood Advocated Awards Committee
c/o Roanoke Office of Neighborhood Services
215 Church Avenue SW, Room 364 South
Roanoke, VA 24011
Evaluation Criteria for Judges & Possible Points
- Statement of need - identifies a need and reason for the project: 20 points
- Volunteer contribution – volunteer hours, number of people involved and amount of in-kind and/or financial support: 25 points
- Level of commitment - duration of project: 25 points
- Neighborhood based - level of distribution and impact (% of neighborhood reached): 30 points