Strong Communities: Engaging Citizens, Strengthening Place, Inspiring Change

The scope of the competition is to identify innovative projects and ideas that engage citizens to steer change and build strong communities across the United States and Canada.

Winners Announced! Each winner will receive a prize of USD $5,000.

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Early Entry Prize: The best entry submitted by 5PM EDT, July 14, 2010 will be eligible to win USD $500. Being an Early Entry Prize winner does not preclude you from winning the competition in any way, or guarantee finalist status. All entries will be equally evaluated per the Changemakers criteria at the completion of the entry period. Online Winners: A panel of independent judges selected by Ashoka or CommunityMatters will select eight finalists from all of the entries submitted in the competition. All entries will be evaluated pursuant to the criteria as stated above. Each finalist will be showcased at the CommunityMatters ’10 conference and winners will be announced at the conference closing. One person representing each of the eight finalist entries of the Strong Communities competition will win the opportunity to attend the CommunityMatters ‘10 conference (includes conference and workshop registration, airfare from within the continental United States, four nights’ lodging in Denver, meals and ground transportation). The top three entries will win USD $5,000 each