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Applications are Currently Closed – Submissions for 2021 Recipients will open September 1, 2021.

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The Community Impact Awards competition, co-sponsored by Cleveland Magazine, has awarded more than $1.8 million since 1996 to organizations in our service area. Our 26th anniversary recipients will be announced and featured in the July 2021 issue of Cleveland Magazine.

Eligibility & Guidelines

  • Projects must have been completed between July 2019 and November 2020.
  • Projects must have made a major contribution to the economic or social revitalization in our communities.
  • Projects must have made a major contribution to support diversity, inclusion, and equity in our communities.
  • Projects must share what changes have been made during the COVID-19 pandemic to effectively reach/impact your community.
  • Projects must be located within the Dominion Energy Ohio service area: Allen, Ashland, Ashtabula, Auglaize, Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Guernsey, Hardin, Holmes, Knox, Lake, Mahoning, Medina, Mercer, Monroe, Noble, Paulding, Portage, Putman, Shelby, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Tuscarawas, Van Wert, Washington, Wayne and Wood.
  • Applicants must be registered as 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.

Winners will be featured in the July 2021 issue of Cleveland Magazine.

Each entry must include the following information:

To be eligible to receive a Dominion Energy Community Impact Award, organizations MUST provide:

  1. Name of your organization, a contact name and title, telephone number, email address and complete mailing address.
  2. A brief description/history of your community or organization.
  3. Description of the project and qualitative and quantitative results demonstrating how it promoted economic and/or social revitalization, including objectives, benefits, impact, and community interest/involvement.
  4. Details regarding the extent to which the project generated positive change and growth within its targeted area.
  5. The number of people impacted/served by this project.
  6. Details of how this project encourages and promotes future development and revitalization.
  7. Information about the project’s impact on the community, i.e., the effect the project had in terms of jobs, spending, taxes, etc.
  8. How this initiative has supported diversity, inclusion, and equity in your community.

Community Impact Awards Timeline

  • September 1st - Begin Accepting Applications
  • December 31st - Entry Deadline
  • February/March - Judging
  • April - All applicants to be notified about the status of their entry by email
  • Thursday, July 15th at 10:30 a.m. – Virtual Awards Program

For questions about the application process, please email us.

2019 Award Recipients

midwife of the birthing beautiful communities program

Birthing Beautiful Communities

Birthing Beautiful Communities (BBC) is a village of birth workers and doulas who provide social support to pregnant African-American and/or Black women at highest risk for infant mortality during the perinatal period across Cuyahoga County.

volunteers at park in akron ohio

Akron Parks Collaborative

Akron Parks Collaborative (APC) established the Akron Parks Challenge, and as a result five parks have undergone major improvements through community led design, Friends of Parks stewardship, committed City funds, private funds and the assistance of residents throughout the City.

members of the legal aid society

Legal Aid Society

Legal Aid Society (LAS) works with tenants by providing full legal representation in eviction cases making it more likely for participants to stay in their homes and save on rent and/or fees.

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