The All-America City Award recognizes communities that leverage civic engagement, collaboration, inclusiveness and innovation to successfully address local issues.

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The National Civic League has pulled together a wealth of resources to support local communities as they explore applying for the All-America City Award.  Review the materials below for key resources to help you better understand the application process, what we mean by engagement and to discover other tools to help you advance civic engagement for your community.  

As you fill out the application, it may be helpful to consult the following materials:

All-America City Award Related Resources

  1. The All-America City Experience: Brief informational video on the award program
  2. Previous All-America City presentations
  3. Previous All-America City Award Event Program
  4. Previous Applications:

National Civic Review Articles on Civic Engagement

  1. What Makes an All-America City?
  2. Hampton, Virginia: Civic Engagement as a Management Strategy
  3. Dubuque: Creating a Culture of Engagement

 Engagement Resources

  1. Why Civic Engagement Matters
  2. The National Civic League’s Civic Index to help evaluate your civic infrastructure
  3. The National Civic League’s All-America Conversations Toolkit
  4. Asset-based framework--Discovering Community Power: A Guide to Mobilizing Local Assets and Your Organization’s Capacity. (Provided by permission of co-author John McKnight)

Equity Resources

  1. Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative
  2. Building Welcoming Communities Campaign
  3. W. K. Kellogg Foundation’s Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Initiative (NCL is a proud partner of the TRHT Initiative)


Community Policing

  1. The President’s Taskforce on 21stCentury Policing
  2. The President’s Taskforce on 21st Century Policing: One Year Progress Report
  3. The President’s Taskforce on 21st Century Policing: Implementation Guide

Kerner Commission Report

  1. Kerner Commission Report Summary
  2. Full Report for purchase


All-America City made me so hopeful about America’s future - a total antidote to the negativity that can sometimes corrode our civic life.

Curtis Johnson, Executive Editor of Citiscope

Promising Practices Webinars

This free monthly webinar series highlights successful projects around the country with speakers from cities implementing creative strategies for civic engagement. By equipping individuals, institutions and local governmental bodies through this series with ideas, models and insights that can be adopted/adapted to individual communities National Civic League hopes to accelerate the pace of change in communities across the country. These webinars are free and open to anyone who is interested in creating stronger communities.

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