2021 AWARDS PROGRAM

Important Dates:

  • Awards Nominations due Friday, June 18, 2021 at 5:00 pm via the online form (see below). If you have issues submitting your documentation in the form, contact admin@ilapa.org

  • All fees must be submitted no later than June 25, 2021 at 5:00 pm.

  • Supporting materials will be accepted up to 24 hours after the June 18th, 5:00 pm Nomination Deadline (June 19, 2021 at 5:00 pm) if needed.

  • Award winners will be notified in August 2021.

  • Award winners will be announced in August or September 2021.

  • Award winners will be honored in conjunction with the 2021 State Conference in October.

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Download the 2021 APA-IL Awards Program to learn about this year's awards categories and criteria.

New for 2021!

  • Advancing Diversity & Social Change Award (formerly titled HUD Secretary’s Opportunity and Empowerment Award)

  • All APA-IL Executive Committee members will serve as the jury for the Planning Advocate and Emerging Planner Awards.

Our process makes it easy to submit your project for an APA 2022 national award! Please consider submitting and gaining national recognition for your project.

Please note: All nominations must submit nominations via our online Google Form. You will need a Google Email address. (If you do not have a Google email address, email admin@ilapa.org for special instructions.)

Nomination Fees:

  • Project Award Nomination - $50

  • Student Project Award Nomination - $0

  • Service Award Nomination - $0

FAQ - We've had a few questions asked and we would like to share them with you!

  • Are there restrictions on the number of student award nominations that can come from a single institution?  No. Institutions can have multiple submissions. The submissions must be for different projects (not the same projects in different categories).

  • Is faculty responsible for the nomination if it’s only one, or can it be someone else?  
    The nominator could be any APA-IL member. The form asks for the nominator's contact information and if the nominator is the contact for the project there is space to add the project's contact information. In the case of student projects, it could be a student or faculty member that makes the nomination as long as they are a member of the APA-IL.

  • Is the letter of support from a funding agency required if a student project did not receive funding for the work? Students should provide a letter of support from faculty member that supported their work.

 

Complete a 2021 Awards Nomination in 2 easy steps!

STEP 1: Collect Information

Before you begin to fill out the 2021 Nominations Google Form online, review the Awards Packet and gather the information and documents you will need.

Please note: All nominations must submit nominations via our online Google Form. You will need a Google Email address. (If you do not have a Google email address, email admin@ilapa.org for special instructions.)

  1. Review the 2021 Awards Information Packet.

  2. Check the nomination eligibility for yourself and your project.

  3. Are you submitting a nomination for a project or person?

    • Supporting documents for Project Nominations

      • Narrative (not more than 3 pages) on why this project deserves this award. Use the Award Criteria, listed in this document, for guidance on Project Awards.

      • If you did not provided a link to your project in the online submission form, please upload a copy of the project.

      • Letter(s) of support for the nomination from the agency/entity that funded the work.

    • Supporting documents for Service Nominations

      • Narrative (not more than 3 pages) on why this individual deserves this award.

      • Resume of nominee. (optional)

      • Letter(s) of support for the nomination. (optional)

      • Headshot or photograph of nominee.

  4. The Nominator will receive a confirmation email which will include an invoice for the $50 Project Award Submission Fee if applicable. This fee is payable by credit card, via PayPal. No PayPal account necessary. If your organization cannot afford the $50 project nomination fee and wish to request assistance, please email awards@ilapa.org to inquire (note there is no fee for student or service awards). 

STEP 2: Online Nomination Form

Thank you for your interest in submitting a 2021 APA-IL Awards Nomination!

 

All nominations must submit nominations via our online Google Form. You will need a Google email address. (If you do not have a Google email address, email admin@ilapa.org for special instructions.)

Please note: All nominations must submit nominations via our online Google Form. You will need a Google email address. (If you do not have a Google email address, email admin@ilapa.org for special instructions.)

A confirmation email will be sent to you upon completion. If you are submitting a Project nomination, there is a $50 project nominations fee. Email awards@ilapa.org to inquire about waivers. Please note there is no fee for Student or Service Awards.

Click here to view our 2021 Awards Program information packet for information on this year's awards categories and selection criteria.

ELIGIBILITY

  • The nominator must be a member of the American Planning Association - Illinois Chapter (APA-IL) and the agency/entity that originally funded the work must support the nomination in writing. All entities that share responsibility for the completion of the plan/project and deserve recognition for the award must be listed on the nomination form. 

  • Nominations must be located within the State of Illinois.

  • Nominations may only be made in a single award category.

  • Nominations may be submitted for a Chapter Award a maximum of two times.

  • Nominations shall be for plans/projects that are recent, within the past five years. 

Thank You!

We appreciate you taking the time to submit a nomination for your outstanding plan or person. Good luck and we hope to see you in October!

WHO WE ARE

The American Planning Association - Illinois Chapter (APA-IL) is the premier authority on urban planning issues and professional development for Illinois' urban planners.

 

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