The National League of Cities recognizes and celebrates the growing diversity of America's communities and believes that diversity should be reflected in the activities of all cities and towns across the nation. Every year, NLC's Constituency Groups select 6-8 cities from a pool of applicants who have developed innovative ways of supporting and promoting diversity in their communities, and announces the winners at the Congressional City Conference.
In 1995, the National League of Cities National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO) established the City Cultural Diversity Awards as a means of demonstrating quality and innovation in the many aspects of cultural diversity. This award program is designed to:
- Encourage citizen involvement in local government-sponsored activities
- Enhance and show the appreciation of cultural diversity as a way of life in our municipalities.
Only National League of Cities member cities are eligible to apply. An entry fee of $100.00 is required to apply for the award program in a specific population category. The awards will be broken down by the following population categories:
- 50,000 and under
- 50,001 - 200,000
- 200,001 - 500,000
- over 500,000.
A program must demonstrate
- That it has enhanced the quality of life of your community for the improvement of equal opportunity and for the provision of greater access to government and government services by multiracial and multicultural populations
- That it has increased citizen participation in government and community activities by all segments of the community
- That cultural diversity is an ongoing and recognized effort in your city or town.
Programs may cover government-generated or community-based efforts in your municipality. Each program should ensure that its staff is diverse or exemplifies diversity.
Program Manager, Constituency Groups
Center for Member and Partner Engagement
Phone: (202) 626-3035