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Pillar Community Innovation Awards

Awards to Ontario Nonprofits, Individuals, Businesses, Enterprises,
and Government Organizations for Outstanding Work in the Community

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Foundation / Corporation

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Pillar Nonprofit Network

Deadline Date:

06/06/21 11:59 PM


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Awards of $2,000 to Ontario nonprofit organizations, charities, individuals, businesses, enterprises, and government organizations in eligible locations to honor outstanding work in the local community and nonprofit sector. The monetary prize will be directed to the registered charity of choice of individual awardees. Applicants must be located in the London, Elgin, Oxford, and Middlesex areas.

Award Categories:

Community Innovation Award: Nominees for this award have recognized new and better ways to address a need in the community despite the many demands, and sometimes too few resources. Nominees have found innovative, creative and efficient solutions to make a difference in the lives of others. The innovative efforts have had a positive impact on the community.

Community Impact Award: Nominees for this award recognize new and better ways to address a need in the community despite the many demands, and sometimes too few resources available. Their efforts have a positive and meaningful impact on the broader community, resulting in clear and measurable change. Nominees in this category demonstrate a commitment to building relationships and collaborating meaningfully with the individuals and communities they serve. They have changed the culture of their organization or worked towards shifting systems by listening to the voices in their community and involving them in solutions and/or processes.

Community Leadership Award: Nominees for this award stand out because of exceptional professional and/or volunteer achievements in the community, which are above and beyond the role in a paid position. The integrity, dedication, ingenuity, and leadership are undeniable throughout the notable contribution to a nonprofit and/or not-for-profit social enterprise. These nominees embody the spirit of the community and, through actions and accomplishments, are an inspiration to others.  

Community Collaboration Award: Nominees for this award provide outstanding examples of collaboration within their communities. These nominees recognize the benefits that come from accessing resources and expertise of individuals, local businesses, government, nonprofits or charities for positive community impact. Through the synergy that comes with community collaboration, the nominees have facilitated increased sustainability, efficiency, impact and innovation in the service they provide to their community. One collaborative partner must be from a nonprofit organization or nonprofit social enterprise. 

Community Choice Award: Once finalists are confirmed and announced, the award recipient will be determined by an online community vote.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 143431

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Award recipients will receive a $2,000 gift to be directed to the registered charity of choice, an engraved award, their name engraved on a perpetual plaque in the Hudson’s Bay Passageway of the Central Library, and media coverage and community exposure which helps to amplify their message and gain support of their cause.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Any nonprofit, charity, individual, business, social enterprise, education or government sector organization in the London, Elgin, Oxford and Middlesex regions whose work relates to positive community impact is eligible for nomination.
- Only one nomination package per nominee will be accepted. Past award recipients are not eligible for resubmission within a 3-year period.
- Platinum and Gold level sponsors of the Pillar Community Innovation Awards may not be nominated or submit a nomination.
- No staff or board member of Pillar Nonprofit Network or their immediate families are eligible to be nominated or submit a nomination.
- No Pillar Community Innovation Awards Committee volunteer may be nominated or submit a nomination.

Pre-Application Information:

Nominations are open until June 6, 2021 at 11:59 P.M.
- Finalists will be offered storytelling coaching via phone, meeting, or workshop preceding video shoot
- Finalists will be required to participate in a short video that will be shown the night of the Pillar Community
- Innovation Awards Invitation to attend the awards celebration and VIP reception on November 18, 2021

You must confirm you have received consent from the nominee to submit the nomination.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Community Innovation Award Nomination Form:

Community Impact Award Nomination Form:

Community Leadership Award Nomination Form:

Community Collaboration Award Nomination Form:

If you have questions, need assistance or require an alternative format for submission please contact

Pillar Nonprofit Network c/o Innovation Works
201 King Street
London, Ontario, N6A 1C9

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Ontario: London, Elgin, Oxford and Middlesex regions;

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