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AWC’s Municipal Excellence Awards recognize innovative city projects that significantly improve the quality of life for their communities. The competition is open to any Washington city or town. Entries are submitted by category; each category has one winner. Entries can either be electronic or mailed. A completed entry must include:

  • Municipal Excellence entry form
  • Project statement (approximately 50 word explanation of project)
  • Project summary. Take a look at the helpful hints listed below for items that will be considered during the competition judging. *Most applications are 1 – 3 pages.
  • You may also include photos or other materials that support your entry. Materials will only be returned upon request.

Entry deadline is March 26, 2018!

Email your entry to muniexawards@awcnet.org. Materials can also be mailed to AWC, 1076 Franklin St. SE, Olympia, WA 98501.

Questions? Call Karen Tanner at AWC, 360-753-4137 or karent@awcnet.org.

Award categories

Consider entering any project or program that was in place within the past two years. No limit on entries per city; however, you must choose only one category per entry. What can you enter for 2018?

Community engagement

How do you tap your residents for ideas, engage your community and capture volunteer energy? How do these relationships help your community and help shape your decisions?

Economic development

Where are you taking your economic development? Are you looking at green infrastructure, creating equal opportunities for community members, working with growth and land use? What kinds of innovative finance are you pursuing?

Homelessness, affordable housing and mental health services

How has your community approached the complex and intertwined issues of homelessness, affordable housing and mental health services? What partnerships or tools have you explored?

Public safety

How are you connecting community members to help keep them safe and proactively work on safety issues like disaster or crime?

Small city success

Are you a small city with less than 5,000 in population? Small cities often have unique, effective ways to address challenges. Share your successful projects.


Helpful hints

Judges look for these elements in your entry:

  • Did you clearly explain all program aspects?
  • How well did the program achieve its goals? Be sure to clearly state your objectives and accomplishments.
  • How well did you use your resources? Talk about your budget, any grants you received, and highlight any person-power behind your project.
  • What is the program’s current and long term community value? Did your program have community support?
  • Can other cities or towns learn from your program and adapt your ideas to their community?
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