Applications Available for the
Governor’s Hometown Awards
Recognition program applications due June
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[May 24, 2023]
Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service
(Serve Illinois) is accepting applications for the Governor’s
Hometown Awards (GHTA) program. GHTA gives formal recognition to
those who contributed to projects that improved their community’s
quality of life. Nominated projects must be sponsored by units of
local government, include strong volunteer support, and made a
positive impact in the community.
“Since its inception in 1983, the Governor’s Hometown Awards have
celebrated the local heroes in our communities who have made a
difference through selfless service—from Decatur’s youth-led ‘Young
Leaders in Action’ to Macon County’s volunteer-run community food
drive,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “Here in Illinois, we are home to
the kindest, most generous people. And with applications for this
year’s Governor’s Hometown Awards opened once again, I couldn’t be
more excited to honor the Illinoisans whose contributions have
bettered our neighborhoods, our cities, and our entire state.”
Now in its fifteenth year with Serve Illinois, the Governor’s
Hometown Awards continue to enhance the Commission’s mission to
improve Illinois communities by enhancing volunteerism and
instilling an ethic of service throughout the state. Volunteers are
continuing to step up to serve unmet needs in their communities and
recognition of these community service projects is essential.
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Interested townships, villages,
cities, and counties can apply now through June 16, 2023 for
projects that occurred and utilized volunteers in their
communities anytime from January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022.
For additional information regarding program criteria and the
application process, please visit Serve Illinois.
Serve Illinois is a 40-member (25 voting and 15 non-voting),
bipartisan board appointed by the Governor and administered by
the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS).
GHTA Application Link:
[Illinois Office of Communication and