Applications for the seven Chicago Neighborhood Development Award and the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design will open on September 1, 2020 and will be due by October 15, 2020.
CNDA Selection Criteria and Process
There are seven Chicago Neighborhood Development Award categories that are open to Chicago-area organizations for application. They are:
- The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Creative Placemaking Award
- The Chicago Community Trust Outstanding Community Plan Award
- The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Healthy Community Award
- The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Outstanding Non-Profit Neighborhood Real Estate Project
- The Polk Bros. Foundation Affordable Rental Housing Preservation Award
- The Outstanding For-Profit Neighborhood Real Estate Project Award
- The Woods Fund Chicago Power of Community Award
All applicants must be available for a 30 minute virtual interview to take place on October 15th.
For the CNDA Awards, teams of three to four volunteer judges, representing both the non-profit and for-profit sectors, evaluate and rate each applicant on three primary aspects of the organization or project:
- building process or organizational effectiveness
- community impact
- and project or organizational challenge.
Teams of judges from the for-profit and non-profit sectors will have virtual interviews with applicants to learn more about selected projects. The CNDA applicant interviews will take place on October 30, 2020 and will last 30 minutes - all CNDA applicants must be available on this day for their virtual interview. Applications and details from the interviews are given to the an Awards Committee who reviews all information and makes the selection. Winners will be notified in late- November.
The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Awards for Architectural Excellence in Community Design Criteria and Process
For The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Awards for Architectural Excellence in Community Design, a jury of recognized leaders from Chicago's architectural and civic community select the winning projects. To be eligible a development must:
- be located in Cook County;
- serve a predominantly low to moderate income population AND/OR be located in a predominantly low to moderate income neighborhood;
- be completed and in-use upon submission of application; and
- have been completed within the last three years.
- Demonstrates superior design quality responsive to the neighborhood context and the constraints imposed by funding and regulatory agencies;
- Responds successfully to the needs of the population served;
- Enhances the overall development of the local community; and
- Exhibits a creative design solution that could become a model for projects in other neighborhoods.
- Driehaus Award Finalists will be scheduled for a 30 minute interview (to take place virtually) with the Jury to take place on December 1, 2020.
Finalists will be notified in early November.