Love Thy Neighborhood Awards

Recognizing community game changers in the Indy region by celebrating the people and places that have made outstanding progress in developing their neighborhoods as desirable places to live, work, learn, play, and stay. The LOVE Thy Neighborhood Awards were created in 2017 by LISC Indianapolis and partners to encourage the transformation of neighborhoods throughout the Indy region into authentic and places, profoundly attractive and livable for both residents and visitors. Each year, 12 groups or projects are recognized with five winning unrestricted cash prizes.

Save the date for next year’s event: April 18, 2019

We are currently soliciting nominations in 4 award categories with projects that were completed prior to January 18, 2019. All nominations must be received via the nomination website by midnight, January 18, 2019. Nominations that are hand-delivered, mailed or emailed will not be accepted. Click here to apply or nominate a person or project!

Awards will be given highlighting a person, a project, an initiative, or an organization that has transformed a neighborhood, positively impacting the Livability, Opportunity, Vitality, and Education of their community.

In each category, three finalists (announced before the event) will be highlighted through short videos produced by the event organizers. The fifth award will be the LOVE award, which will be voted on and announced at the event. Winners of each category will receive $2500 cash award.

Livability Award

Recognizes an organization, individual, initiative or project with a long-standing commitment to healthy communities. Organizations that have created communities in which residents have daily access to art, nature, recreation and beauty.

Past winners:

2018 Livability Winner
Come Home Beak Creek

2017 Livability Winner
Woodruff Place Economic Improvement District

Opportunity Award

Recognizes an outstanding organization, individual, initiative or project with a focus on building human capital, supporting existing businesses and redeveloping commercial property for viable new businesses, which requires the deployment of capital and technical support to bolster community entrepreneurs.

Past winners:

2018 Opportunity Winner
SOURCE River West

2017 Opportunity Winner
Microloan Program, Bankable

Vitality Award

Recognizes an organization, individual, initiative or project that has helped to retain and attract residents to under-populated communities in a way that diversifies household income levels that leads to enhanced density and prosperity of these communities and the city.

Past winners:

2018 Vitality Winner
The Rock Initiative

2017 Vitality Winner
Avondale Meadows

Education Award

Recognizes an organization, individual, initiative or project that has contributed significantly to the enhancement of the learning opportunities in communities. Communities that offer a rich array of educational opportunities to their residents from cradle to career to ensure that all children in these areas will have access to quality schools, and that adults will have opportunities to improve their employment skills.

Past winners:

2018 Education Winner
Latino Youth Collective

2017 Education Winner

People’s Choice Award

The People’s Choice Award will be selected by a majority vote of those present at the awards gala. It will be selected from among the 12 finalists of the LOVE categories and the winner will receive $2500.

Past winners:

2018 People’s Choice Winner
Latino Youth Collective

2017 People’s Choice Winner
Laurelwood After School Program