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What is the submission entry period?

The 2024 entry period opens May 1 and closes July 1 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

What is the submission format?

Bank will use the OpenWater award platform to complete and submit the Community Commitment Award entry form and/or the George Bailey Distinguished Service Award nomination form.

Can my bank apply in multiple categories?

Yes. A bank may enter a different, or the same program, in multiple categories. A separate entry form must be completed and submitted for each category. If entering the same program in multiple categories, it is strongly suggested that you tailor the entry form answers to the category

Can I nominate myself for the George Bailey Distinguished Service Award?

Yes. The George Bailey Award is open to any current non-CEO bank employee.

Are other documents needed?

The submission and judging processes are focused solely on narratives in the entry form. However, links to a video about the program can be included in the General Summary section of the entry form. It is essential to know that videos will not replace the required narratives or be used as part of the judging process.

How will I know my submission has been received?

You will receive a confirmation email within 24-48 hours after you submit the form(s).

How will the awards be judged?

Entries will be scored based on compelling narratives that illustrate meaningful community outreach and provide supporting statistics — such as volunteer hours, resources or other measurable benefits.

Who are the judges?

Nationally recognized experts in their fields will judge award finalists.

How  and when are the winning banks notified?

The contact person listed on the entry form will be notified via phone and email about eight weeks after the entry period closes.

When are the winners publicly announced and awards presented?

A press release announcing the winners will be sent in early October. The award ceremony will be held during the October ABA Annual Convention in New York City.

Keep Me Informed

Get updates on the Community Commitment Awards. Contact Melissa Murray if you have any questions.