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The Our Great Region Awards recognize outstanding organizations in the 13-county region working to make the region an even better place to live, work, and prosper. Submitted projects must advance one or more of the Our Great Region 2040 plan’s Big Ideas.
Plans, programs, projects, or policies within the 13-county region in the past 3 years are eligible for submission. The 13-county region includes Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Liberty, Harris, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker, Waller, and Wharton counties.
Any organization may apply for the awards. Organizations may include cities, counties, other units of local governments, nonprofits, educational institutions, private businesses, and community groups. Organizations who have submitted or won an award in the past may apply this year.
Awards are self-nominating. If you have an eligible project, look through the list of award categories below to determine in which category or categories your project best fits. If your project fits well in more than one category, you may complete separate applications for each category, including the Excellence Category. While organizations can submit multiple projects, each project can only win 1 award per year.
Honors a project that uses innovative partnerships to achieve the project’s goals.
Honors a completed project that used a creative and tenacious approach to overcome challenges to implementation.
Honors a project that demonstrates exemplary public participation.
Honors a project that helps overcome disparities in access to opportunity.
The highest honor bestowed in the Our Great Region Awards, recognizes projects that are best advancing the vision of the Our Great Region 2040 plan.
Once you have chosen an award category, you can fill out an application; the application includes two parts -a project narrative and category-specific short answer questions.
A short description of the project including what the project entailed, who was involved in the project, and how the project advances one or more of the Big Ideas and the vision of the Our Great Region 2040 plan. Responses can be up to 500 words. Please submit 3 to 5 pictures of your project in jpg format along with your narrative.
In addition to the project narrative, each award category has 2 to 3 category-specific, short answer questions. (Up to 150 words per question). These questions provide the judges an opportunity to see how the project meets the requirements for the category.
Eligible award applications will be evaluated by a panel of experts representing the diverse subject areas and geographies covered by the Our Great Region 2040 plan. The evaluation panel will use criteria based on the project narrative and the short answer responses. H-GAC reserves the right to change the category award selection.
Andrea Tantillo Senior Communication Coordinator Andrea.Tantillo@h-gac.com 832-681-2507
Houston-Galveston Area Council