City of Jacksonville

2024 Neighborhood Awards

Apply for the 2024 Neighborhood Awards

Is your neighborhood the best that Jacksonville has to offer? Do you live in a vibrant, fun, community that organizes events or community projects that result in improving your neighborhood?  Or maybe you threw an awesome holiday event?  If you answered yes, then you and your neighbbors should apply for the 2024 Neighborhood Award for the special event or project that your community completed in 2023.  You may just be the 2024 Neighborhood of the Year! 

​All neighborhood organizations registered with the City of Jacksonville's Neighborhood Services Office are eligible to apply each year for an award.  The 2024 Neighborhood Awards will be given to organizations for outstanding projects that were developed and completed January 1, 2023, through December 31, 2023.  

Applications are due to the office or postmarked no later than Thursday, May 23, 2024, 6:00 PM. Please see the application below for full details.

Application deadline extended to Monday, June 3rd!!!

******2024 Neighborhood Award Program Applications are available here!!*******


2023 Neighborhood Award Program Winners and Celebrating 30 Years of CPACS!

The 2023 Neighborhood Awards program celebrated Jacksonville’s numerous neighborhood organizations and the volunteers that have completed exceptional community-based projects and events in the 2022 calendar year. The award program was designed to recognize the efforts of local groups that emphasize volunteer activities, leadership, partnership building, innovation, and grassroots collaborations.  We hope that you will enjoy seeing this year's winners and it will inspire you to join us next year and share your projects to celebrate all the special, beautiful, charming, and creative features of our awesome city!

In 2023 the award ceremony included a special celebration of 30 years of Citizens Planning Advisory Committees (CPAC’s). Established in 1993, Mayor Ed Austin’s vision to create an ongoing, grassroots public participation program has thrived and grown to over 148 members. Here is the commemorative 30th anniversary CPAC Proclamation.

Please enjoy some moments from our 2023 Neighborhood Awards Program and 30 Years of CPAC's celebration! 

Sign with text: Welcome October 19, 2023 Neighborhood Award Program-CPAC 30th Anniversary 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cake with Congratulations written on it
Neighborhood Services Office Staff
Woman in gold coat speaking to group
people applauding
Reception attendees in hall
  2022 CPAC Chairs  
The honorees for the evening included the 2023 CPAC Chairs. Pictured Left to Right: Dr. Donald Green - North, Joanne Parker Griffin - Southeast, Kim Pryor - Urban Core, Rhonda Boyd - Northwest, Dr. Willie Crosby - Southwest, NOT PICTURED William Messer - Greater Arlington/ Beaches

***View the full photo gallery here.***

And the 2023 Neighborhood Award Winners are...

Urban Core CPAC District 1 Winner and Neighborhood of the Year was awarded to Springfield Preservation and Revitalization for their Dog Park Mosaic project!

group of people in park

volunteers working on mosaic
People working on mosaic
dog park mosaic
complete dog park mosaic

CPAC District 2 Greater Arlington/ Beaches winner was Old Arlington, Inc. who conducted a boat tour highlighting the history of Arlington. 

group on a boat tour
Poster with text: Arlington History Boat Tour September 24, 2022 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm excursions
women on a boat tour

CPAC District 3 Southeast winner was Villa San Jose who had a neighborhood chili cook off with proceeds going to the Mandarin Food Bank.

Villa San Jose cook off crowd
cute child at ticket table
Villa San Jose cook off winner
Villa San Jose Chili Bowl

CPAC District 4 Southwest winner was Sweetwater Church of Christ which had a community day.

children with giant yard game
adult and children playing in field
adults laughing
child practicing CPR

CPAC District 5 Northwest winner was USA Unlimited which held a Summer Safety Community Event.

volunteers and woman in hat
resident with officer
information tent with people
child in a bounce house

CPAC District 6 North winner wasSan Mateo Neighborhood, Inc. which completed an Memorial Brick project.

San Marco sign before
San Marco sign after

And step-by-Step 4 Help won our first Community Excellence Award for various activities around the city.

woman in a green dress
group under a tent
volunteers in green shirts
people speaking at community event