Announcing the 2018 All-America City Award - Application Information Now Available.

Announcing the 2018 All-America City Award Application Theme: Promoting Equity Through Inclusive Civic Engagement

In 2018 the spotlight for the All-America City Awards will be on inclusive civic engagement practices that promote equity and bring all voices to the table to address important issues. With this spotlight, the National Civic League hopes to learn more about the inclusive decision-making processes that communities use to solve complex problems and move toward more equitable communities.

The National Civic League invites you to apply for the All-America City Award - the nation's most prestigious community award, now in its 69th year. The AAC Award offers the opportunity for both recognition and reflection. Applications require communities to come together to assess their strengths and challenges. The process of applying for the award provides an opportunity to mobilize local groups to work together and display on a national stage the people and projects that make your community a great place to live, work and play.

NCL recognizes that no perfect communities exist. The All-America City Award does not honor perfection. It does honor a community's courage to recognize its challenges along with commitment to face those challenges with the same spirit exhibited in the highlighted projects.

2018 is the 50th anniversary of the Report of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (more commonly known as the Kerner Commission). The report concluded with words that fit easily within our own times, "it is time to make good the promises of American democracy to all citizens - urban and rural, white, black, Spanish surname, American Indians, and every minority group." 

With this framing in mind, NCL is particularly interested in learning about your projects that use civic engagement to:

  • promote positive community-police relations,
  • promote racial healing and dialogues on race,
  • expand government and institutional representation and access,
  • further educational equity in the community,
  • create affordable and safe housing,
  • reduce poverty,
  • increase job readiness and employment,
  • focus on restorative justice,
  • seek equitable transportation access,
  • promote or ensure access to healthy food and/or to safe and healthy natural environments.

The NCL do not require the application to address any of the above issues specifically. We know that local communities face a wide array of challenges and that demonstrating a commitment to inclusion and engagement will look different in different places.

Application:  download the application and use the resources page  to help your community apply for the All-America City Award.


About National Civic League- For more than 120 years, the National Civic League has worked to advance good governance and civic engagement to create inclusive, thriving communities. We achieve this by inspiring, supporting and recognizing equitable approaches to community decision-making. Through its signature effort, the All-America City Award and its work on racial healing, sustainability, health equity and fiscal sustainability, NCL supports cities to create a better more equitable and inclusive future.