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2019 Innovation in Social Equity Award


2019 Innovation in Social Equity Award


The Innovation in Social Equity Award recognizes a park and recreation agency leading an innovative project or program that improves access to the benefits of local parks and recreation experience for everyone in the community, including racial/ethic minorities, LGBTQ community, New Americans, individuals with physical/cognitive disabilities, older adults, among others.

The submission deadline is March 29, 2019

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be a current member of NRPA (Membership can be as an agency member, the agency director, or program director)
  • The agency:
    • Exhibits leadership in best practices for social equity
    • Demonstrates success in achieving social equity in their communities
    • Develops and implements successful innovative practices in creating more equitable communities
    • Demonstrates a commitment to encourage, welcome, and support all people through parks and recreation
  • All programs or projects submitted with this application must have been implemented within 12 months prior to the applications deadline.

Required Materials:

  • Completed application form
  • Testimonial from a community member (non-staff) about impact of project/program.

Optional Materials:

  • One additional supplemental item which highlights the effects and achievements of the project/program.

Submission Instructions:

  • All submissions must be received by NRPA no later than 11:59 p.m. EST on March 29, 2019. NRPA will not return any materials submitted with the application.
  • The official NRPA application form must be used in submissions.
  • All materials must be submitted electronically using this survey format.
  • Submit no more than one supplemental item. (If submitting a link, please provide URL address, not a hyperlink, to ensure connectivity.)
  • Submission is automatically disqualified if it does not meet criteria, submission instructions, or if the responses are over the word limit.
  • This format has a save and continue feature that is located in the banner at the bottom of the question pages.

For more information, contact the NRPA Awards Program at (703) 858-2196 or