Service Impact Award Rules

Eligibility:

Eligible nominees are current service participants and alumni, program directors or programs and initiatives funded through grants (or sub-grants) from the Corporation for National and Community Service. 

Those programs and initiatives include: 

  • Senior Corps              
  • AmeriCorps                
  • Social Innovation Fund
  • Volunteer Generation Fund,
  • MLK Day of Service
  • September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance. 

How to Enter:

Each nomination should specify from the eligibility list above the program or initiative of CNCS with which it is affiliated.  In addition, the narrative should address how the service participant, project leader, or program is contributing to increased impact in disaster services, fostering economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, or assisting military families and/or veterans through innovative programming and/or best practices. 

Although nominees may address multiple issue areas in their service, they should select the primary focus and impact of their service in a single issue area for purposes of this nomination.

Specifications:

Please clearly identify both the Issue Area you are addressing and the relevant CNCS program or initiative found under Eligibility as a header to your submission – for example Senior Corps; Veterans & Military Families.

Select one issue area - Options include:

  • Disaster Services
  • Economic Opportunity
  • Education
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Healthy Futures or
  • Veterans and Military Families

Nominees should select only one issue area and one program affiliation per submission.

Submit a narrative of up to 500 words that clearly and concisely describes the impact of the nominee’s service and what best practice or innovation was employed. Ideally, the narrative may include evidence of the applicant's impact in the community, as well as evidence to support recognition of the applicant's work as innovative or a best practice. For more information on the community impacts of specific interest to CNCS, please see pages 29 – 34 of CNCS’s strategic plan.

Impact in the above issue areas could also include how the nominee is expanding opportunities to serve; building the capacity of individuals, nonprofits, and communities; and encouraging innovative approaches to solving problems.

Submissions should also include photos and videos.  Photos and videos should support the narrative submission and not replace it.  Photos and video are encouraged as they are often very helpful in telling your complete story of impact, we also encourage you to share clips of media coverage or examples of how you used social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) to engage individuals in the program.  Your nomination will be considered complete without photos or video.

By submitting an entry to this contest, each participant automatically confers on CNCS an irrevocable, nonexclusive and unrestricted license to use the submitted content for purposes consistent with the agency's national service mission. This includes the right to copy, reproduce, display, or distribute the content of the submission, and to make derivative works based upon the submission or a substantial portion of it without attribution or prior permission.

Deadline for Submissions

Submissions must be entered by 5:00 PM, EDT on Monday, July 8, 2013.

Judging

A panel of contest judges consisting of Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) staff will review the submissions using the above specification criteria.  The panel will then select the finalists.

There will be public voting from July 15, 2013 at 9:00 AM, EDT through July 26, 2013 at 5:00 PM EDT to determine the people’s choice recipient.  The remaining recipients will be determined by a panel of CNCS judges.

All finalists, including the finalist chosen by public voting, are subject to a final review and background check by the judging panel prior to final selection of recipients.

Prizes

Recipients will be announced and recognized on CNCS’s website and through traditional and social media.  Recipients will receive a Service Impact statue recognizing their award and be showcased at relevant grantee meetings of CNCS.