The Heart of Charlotte Awards
Recognizing Charlotte individuals and organizations that have embraced the spirit of serving others
The Heart of Charlotte Awards offers grants and awards to individuals and community organizations, in order to support collaborations, partnerships, and leadership. Honorees are celebrated for their exceptional commitment to bettering the
Charlotte metro community by strengthening neighborhood connections, investing in educational achievement, creating jobs and supporting business development, and fostering social, racial, and health equity.
Who can apply?
Nominations are free and open to all individuals who reside in or work in the Charlotte metro area and organizations that have offices with a Charlotte metro address. The Charlotte metro area includes Anson, Cabarrus, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan and Union counties in North Carolina and Chester, Lancaster and York counties in South Carolina.
How to apply?
To nominate a deserving individual or organization for the Heart of Charlotte Awards, please complete the online nomination form by the extended date: Wednesday, September 7, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. EDT.
Selection Process and Winner Recognition
Applications will be reviewed by a committee consisting of representatives of Northeastern and community leaders from partner organizations.
Award winners and finalists will be recognized at an award ceremony in October 2022. Additionally, award recipients will be acknowledged on our website and social media channels, as well as in media outreach and an upcoming Local Leaders Global Impact speaker series event.
See our past winners here.
Community leaders from all industries are encouraged to apply! Additionally, this year, we have included three new categories to recognize those specifically advancing issues related to health and wellness.
Community Leader of the Year
Celebrating an individual that is making a difference in the Charlotte community by strengthening neighborhood connections, creating jobs, supporting business development and/or fostering social and racial equity.
Educational Leader of the Year
Honoring a leader in the community who has gone above and beyond to invest in educational achievement.
Health Educator of the Year
Recognizing an educational leader dedicated to the field of healthcare.
Health Equity Leader of the Year
Honoring an individual in the community who is dedicated to fostering health equity.
Nurse of the Year
Recognizing a nurse with exceptional dedication to patient care and the community.
Community Engagement Award
Recognizing exceptional Northeastern University students, alumni and/or faculty and staff who are committed to creating reciprocal partnerships that are mutually respectful, socially and ethically responsive, strategic and purposeful.
Community Partner of the Year
Recognizing an organization that is making an impact on the community through its commitment to strengthening neighborhood connections, creating jobs, supporting business development and/or fostering social and racial equity.
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