"Making a Difference in Our Nation's Cities"
Sponsored by the National League of Cities and its Constituency Groups
The National League of Cities recognizes and celebrates the growing diversity of America's communities and believes that diversity should be reflected in the activities of all cities and towns across the nation. As a result, the National League of Cities, with one of its constituency groups, NBC-LEO, established the City Cultural Diversity Awards in 1995, as a means of demonstrating quality and innovation in relation to the many aspects of cultural diversity. This award program is designed to: 1) encourage citizen involvement in local government-sponsored activities; and 2) enhance and show the appreciation of cultural diversity as a way of life in our municipalities.
The City Cultural Diversity Awards Program has been developed to showcase examples of how cities achieve excellence in diversity. It also promotes the positive results of "a total community collaboration." The awards are given to honor community leadership in developing creative and effective programs to improve cultural diversity.
Only National League of Cities member cities are eligible to apply. An entry fee is required to apply for the awards program and is determined by a municipality's population. A total of four City Cultural Diversity first place awards will be presented at the Monday, March 7, 2016 Celebrate Diversity Breakfast at the National League of Cities Congressional City Conference. The following population categories each have a specific entry fee (all entry fees are non-refundable):
The City Cultural Diversity Awards application must focus on one municipal program. If you have additional programs, they must be submitted separately with an additional application form and entry fee.
A program must demonstrate 1) that it has enhanced the quality of life of your community for the improvement of equal opportunity and for the provision of greater access to government and government services by multiracial and multicultural populations; 2) that it has increased citizen participation in government and community activities by all segments of the community; 3) that cultural diversity is an ongoing and recognized effort in your city or town. Programs may cover government-generated or community-based efforts in your municipality. Each program should ensure that its staff is diverse or exemplifies diversity.
All award recipients will be chosen be an independent panel of judges, the NLC City Cultural Diversity Awards Program Committee, with representatives from each of the constituency groups.
Award recipients will be recognized during the NLC Celebrate Diversity Breakfast held annually during NLC's Congressional City Conference.
For any questions related to the City Cultural Diversity Awards, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.