October 1, 2019

Check out the All-America City Award

The 2020 National Civic League's All-America City theme is “Enhancing health and well-being through civic engagement.” The 2020 All-America City Award is focused on celebrating examples of civic engagement practices that advance health and well-being in local communities. We are looking for projects that demonstrate inclusive decision-making processes to enhance health and well-being for all, and particularly for populations currently experiencing poorer health outcomes.

Since 1949, the National Civic League has recognized and celebrated the best in American civic innovation with the prestigious All-America City Award. The Award, bestowed yearly on 10 communities (more than 500 in all) recognizes the work of communities in using inclusive civic engagement to address critical issues and create stronger connections among residents, businesses and nonprofit and government leaders.

Learn more. 

How to apply. 


The Award is open to all American communities, from major cities, counties and regions to tribes, neighborhoods, towns and villages.  Currently, the Kentucky cities of Danville (1968), Hopkinsville (1964), Louisville (1963, 1995, 2012),Owensboro (1952, 2013) and Pikeville (1965) hold the distinction as All-America cities. 

In applying, communities reflect on their strengths, weaknesses, challenges and the progress they have made.  Each year hundreds of leaders, volunteers, and young people from the finalist communities travel to Denver to present the story of their work and their community to a jury of national experts.

The awards conference includes workshops on promising practices.

Important Dates 

November 1, 2019:Submit Letter of Intent to Apply (not required to apply)
February 19, 2020:Submit Application