Eligible nominees are current service participants and alumni, program directors or programs and initiatives funded through grants (or sub-grants) from the Corporation for National and Community Service.  In the case of Learn and Serve America funded programs, this could also be a teacher, student, school, college or university, or school system.

Those programs and initiatives include: 

  • Senior Corps              
  • AmeriCorps                
  • Learn & Serve America,
  • Social Innovation Fund
  • Non-profit Capacity Building Fund,
  • Volunteer Generation Fund,
  • MLK Day of Service
  • September 11 Day of Service and Remembrance. 

How to Enter:

Each nomination should specify the program or initiative of CNCS with which they are affiliated.  Additionally, the narrative should address how the service participant, project leader, or program is contributing to increased impact in education, healthy futures, assisting military families and/or veterans, environmental stewardship, fostering economic opportunity, or disaster services through innovative programming and/or best practices. 

Although nominees may address multiple issue areas in their service, they should select the primary focus and impact of their service in a single issue area for purposes of this nomination.


Select the issue area for which your nominee is demonstrating impact.  Options include:

  • Education,
  • Disaster Services,
  • Healthy Futures,
  • Economic Opportunity,
  • Environmental Stewardship, or
  • Veterans and Military Families. 

Nominees should select only one issue area per submission.

List the program or initiative of CNCS with which you are affiliated.  List can be found under Eligibility.

Submit a narrative of up to 500 words that clearly and concisely describes the impact of the nominee’s service and what best practice or innovation was employed. Ideally, the narrative may include evidence of the applicant's impact in the community, as well as evidence to support recognition of the applicant's work as innovative or best practice. For more information on the community impacts of specific interest to CNCS, please see pages 29 – 34 of CNCS’s strategic plan.

Impact in the above issue areas could also include how the nominee is expanding opportunities to serve; building the capacity of individuals, nonprofits, and communities; and encouraging innovative approaches to solving problems.

Submissions may also include photos and videos.  Photos and videos should support the narrative submission and not replace it.  Photos and video are encouraged as they are often very helpful in telling your complete story of impact, but photos and videos are optional.  Your nomination will be considered complete without photos or video.