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The Spirit of Lincoln Neighborhood Awards recognize those in our community committed to creating strong, affordable, and inclusive neighborhoods. Since 1986, NeighborWorks Lincoln has worked with countless neighborhood champions, civic leaders, and public organizations in selfless service to thousands of low- and moderate-income families in neighborhoods throughout Lincoln. This awards program honors the indomitable spirit of that work. 

Award Categories: 

The Awards Program recognizes contributions in the following categories: 

  • Commitment to Affordable Housing recognizes an individual/group/institutional commitment to promoting, advancing, and advocating for affordable housing. 
  • Strengthening Neighborhoods, Individual honors a person whose leadership has had unique and positive outcomes at the neighborhood level.
  • Strengthening Neighborhoods, Group highlights a formal association or grassroots movement working to strengthen a Lincoln neighborhood(s). 
  • Engaged Youth showcases a young adult(s) (max age 25) whose involvement is leaving a unique mark on their neighborhood(s) and quality of life in Lincoln.
  • Realtor of the Year in partnership with the Realtors Association of Lincoln, elevates a Realtor or Broker who has gone above and beyond to assist and advocate for low- and moderate-income buyers. 
  • Community Partner Award recognizes a formal NeighborWorks Lincoln partner who has helped the organization advance its work and increase impact across Lincoln.
  • Lifetime Achievement celebrates the sustained professional or volunteer contributions of a transcendent community leader to the advancement of affordable housing and community development.

See past winners

Nomination Process

Nominations open in June and honorees are celebrated at NeighborWorks Lincoln’s annual Opening Doors event, held in the Fall. All nominations are reviewed by a public jury that selects recipients for all but the Community Partner and Realtor Awards, which are determined by the NeighborWorks Lincoln Team and in partnership with the Realtors Association of Lincoln, respectively. 

Nominations for 2022 are now closed. Honorees will be announced at Opening Doors on September 22. Get your tickets today!

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  • Ameritas
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  • White Castle Roofing
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  • West Gate Bank
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  • Sinclair Hille Architects
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  • South of Downtown Community Development Organization
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  • Nebraska Realty
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  • Lincoln Community Foundation
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