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The Inaugural New York City Imagine Awards

**Due to the impact of COVID-19, the NYC Imagine Awards has been postponed to October 2021. We look forward to being back in touch with you over the next year as we un-pause the event.**

To be eligible, the organization or executive must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization.
  • Must significantly service New York City (The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens or Staten Island) communities.
  • Must be innovative in operations, activities, etc.

The applications process is EASY and as follows: Applicant organizations may apply to multiple categories. After the organization completes and submits the online application, it will be reviewed by the selection committee in mid-June. If selected to move forward to the semi-finalist round, a member of the organization’s staff or volunteer board will meet with a member of the selection committee who will submit a summary of the interview and the application to the anonymous judging panel. The judges will then select the 20 finalist organizations from this pool of semi-finalists. The finalists are notified near the end of July and scheduled to tape their video between then and end of September.

**The deadline to submit online nominations is May 8, 2020. All applicants will receive an email by early June, informing them whether they have made it to the semi-finalist round of the review process. All nominees that advance will be announced publicly, and will then be scheduled for interviews and tours by the Event Committee to take place by mid-June, 2020. After the interviews are completed, the Event Committee will advance the names of the semi-finalists to the judging panel, who will select the 20 finalists, and later, the five final winners. Finalists may be asked to meet and work with our video production team between July 1st and September 30th. **Dates and Timeline will change once new event date is determined**

By applying, the organization agrees to respond to all email inquiries and coordinate with the Event Committee to be interviewed. If selected, the organization agrees to timely coordinate with our video production team and sign appropriate legal waivers, etc.

IMPORTANT TIP: The strongest applications are from those organizations whose staff, board, and volunteers have discussed each category prior to completing their applications. This means identifying and placing a focus on what each category being applied for is seeking to recognize. As opposed to relying on boilerplates. Winning applicants will truly exemplify the ethos of the NYC Imagine Awards in that the application will express how the organization is genuinely different from its peers in its respective category.

Need help filling out your application? Check out this video Ken created to give you some tips on completing your application! NOTE: There may be some differences between the applications in this video and your application. This video was made for the Long Island Imagine Awards.