We are pleased to announce the 2017 Detroit Community Development Awards presented by the Masco Corporation Foundation and co-hosted by Detroit Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), Community Development Advocates of Detroit (CDAD) and Michigan Community Resources (MCR).

These awards honor the successful efforts of residents, community-based development organizations and others who have worked diligently to transform communities into good places to live, do business, work, and raise families.  Awardees will be selected by an independent panel of community development stakeholders. Winners will be recognized at the annual Detroit Community Development Awards ceremony on October 24, 2017 at the Grand Riverview Ballroom at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit.  Nominations are due by Friday, September 1, 2017. People's Choice Award nominations are due by Friday, September 15, 2017.

Recognizes an Individual or an Organization that has implemented a sustained effort over time to promote a safe and healthy environment for families, residents, businesses and visitors.

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Recognizes an Organization that has excelled in providing ongoing programs or services to financially empower low and moderate income families. Programs may include financial literacy, financial counseling, credit building, workforce development, foreclosure prevention counseling, home-buyer education and other related issues. 

Recognizes a Community Development Organization that has made a demonstrable and measurable impact on the quality of life in the community it serves by enhancing quality of life through preservation and/or creation of housing, commercial corridor development, engaging residents and executing effective and innovative approaches to neighborhood revitalization.  

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Recognizes the development and successful implementation of an ongoing, sustained project or initiative that promotes and/or is integral to a comprehensive community development or economic development strategy with a specific goal or purpose. Nominated strategy must be at least one year old and have measurable results. 

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Recognizes a project that leveraged local artistic talent, private and public assets and/or other community resources to transform a Public Space into a safe and inviting neighborhood environment for the purpose of facilitating connectedness within the community.  

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Recognizes a Firm or Individuals who have advanced community development by providing pro bono professional services to community based organizations. Services may include legal, accounting, sales and marketing, real estate or other related service. 

Recognizes a Real Estate Project (new construction or rehabilitation) completed by a nonprofit or for-profit developer between January 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017 that not only improved the physical appearance of a neighborhood, but was a catalyst for further development.  Projects can be residential, commercial or mixed-use and must address the needs of the community in which it is located.  

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Recognizes an Individual who measurably improved the quality of life in a neighborhood by working collaboratively with residents, local businesses and/or public institutions to improve the livability of a community.   

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Recognizes a young Detroit resident (ages 12-18) who has made significant contributions to their Detroit neighborhood through outstanding service. Nominees must demonstrate commitment, talent and/or creativity in their efforts. Candidates must be nominated by an active 501c3 organization located in Detroit as well as be a resident of the city of Detroit.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 Detroit Community Development Awards third annual People's Choice Award! This Award honors groups working within Detroit neighborhoods to improve their communities with a $1,000 grant to continue their work. Completed nominations are due by 11:59 pm on Friday, September 15thThere will be one winner per each Detroit City Council district.

To qualify, organizations must be doing work in Detroit neighborhoods. Work can include, but is not limited to: social justice, environmental justice and/or sustainability, economic and social equality, financial literacy, community building, community organizing, education for youth and/or adults, recreational opportunities for Detroiters, arts and culture, safety, block club activities, etc. Applicants must be able to prove 501c3 tax status with W9 and IRS Tax Determination letter and provide at least 1 photo to qualify.

Contest Rules

  1. Applicants must submit a full nomination packet by 11:59 pm on Friday, September 15 to be considered an eligible finalist. All completed and eligible entries will be considered finalists for public online voting. 2016 winners are not eligible to enter but are encouraged to reapply in 2018.
  2. Finalists eligible for online voting will be announced on Monday, September 18 and posted to the voting website.
  3. Online voting is unlimited up until the close of the poll at midnight on Friday, September 29.
  4. The finalist with the most votes received per district will be determined the winner. There will be one winner per district. In the event of a tie, the Awards judging panel will be asked to make a determination.
  5. Winners will be contacted on Monday, October 2 and offered two comped tickets to attend the event; at the event, they will be recognized by being asked to stand during the program