Award Categories


Investing in Innovation Award: For an Atlanta-based foundation that, instead of investing in the same old ideas, made investments in one or more programs that advance a new idea.

Corporate Civic Impact Award: For a corporation that goes above and beyond to make their hometown of Atlanta better. This corporation represents how cities and businesses can work together to solve systemic social challenges.  

Small Business, Big Impact Award: For a small business in Atlanta that has improved its neighborhood or community in a positive way.

Moving the Needle Award: For a nonprofit organization in Atlanta that has made big progress against an issue that Atlanta faces and has the data to show it.

Innovation in Government Award: For a government agency at the local (city, county, region, or state) level that broke through the status quo and tried something different to make government more innovative, effective, and/or participatory.

Atlanta Creative Impact Award: For an organization that uses art, film, music, and/or culture as a vehicle for social impact in Atlanta.

Good Troublemaker Award: In the spirit of Congressman John Lewis, we want to recognize an individual who creates "good trouble" for Atlanta. We are looking for those who are tireless advocates for people whose voices goes unheard. We want to recognize a strong advocate and champion for Atlanta.



  • You must be in the metro Atlanta area! If you are an organization or company doing work outside of Atlanta, that’s cool, but your headquarters needs to be here! We define the metro Atlanta area as roughly Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, and Rockdale counties.

  • You must be nominated! This isn’t a popularity contest, so you only need one great nomination to put you in the running for a Civic Impact Award. No self nominations though - find someone who thinks you are awesome and have them submit your name!

  • We will send you an email when you get nominated with some questions to, and if you can answer “yes” to all of the questions in the email, you are good to go and may fill out a civic impact award application.

  • Can’t answer “yes” to the questions? That’s ok. Let us know as you might be qualified for a different award category. People nominating you don’t always know which award is the best fit, but we will try our best to get you in the running for an award that fits your work!

  • Previous Civic Impact Award WINNERS are ineligible for another award. All finalists who did not win are eligible. Need a list of last year’s winners? Check here!

  • The Center for Civic Innovation does not discriminate based on age, race, sexuality, gender expression, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, or former incarceration status.

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