About the National Community Bank Service Awards

The National Community Bank Service Awards, presented by the Independent Community Bankers of America and sponsored by FIS, recognizes community banks helping to sustain and improve their communities through community service and volunteer efforts.

Even though you may not seek recognition for your community bank, your example can serve as inspiration for others to take action in their local communities. We look forward to seeing your nominations.


The National Community Bank Service Awards were launched in 2002 to acknowledge the valuable role community banks play in sustaining communities across the nation, and nationally recognize and reward community banks for their unparalleled volunteer community service and financial literacy efforts.

In 2011, the awards program was redesigned to be more inclusive of all community service activities, and to streamline the nomination process. Since 2002, more than 100 community banks, their employees, and the communities they serve have been recognized as part of the National Community Bank Service Awards.


Your community service programs do not need to meet all of the judging criteria, however, nominations are evaluated on the following four criteria:

Program Impact: What is the goal of your community service program? How well does your program accomplish that goal? What positive changes has the project has made on the community?

Program Creativity: The creativity or innovative nature of the service program. Did you design this service effort organically or was it already established?

Employee Involvement: The involvement of bank employees in the community service program. What percentage of bank employees are involved in the project?

Time Donated: Average number of hours donated annually by bank employees for the community service program.


All community banks with a volunteer community service program helping to sustain and improve the communities they serve are eligible to be nominated for the National Community Bank Service Awards.

Entry is free for all community banks and multiple entries are encouraged. You may nominate your own bank.

Nomination Period

Monday, April 1 - Tuesday, April 30, 2019


Grand National Award: A community bank which demonstrates extraordinary commitment to their local community by creating and participating in a volunteer community service program that has tremendous positive impact on the communities it serves.

National Awards: Two community banks which demonstrate exemplary commitment to their local community through volunteer community service efforts.

Honorable Mentions: Five community banks recognized for unparalleled volunteer community service programs.

Awards Benefits

Grand and National Award recipients will be recognized in the September 2019 issue of the nationally recognized community banking magazine ICBA Independent Banker®.

As a bonus, the Grand National Award recipient will receive $2,500 to use toward future community service efforts. National Award recipients each will receive $1,000 for their respective programs.

In addition, National Award recipients and honorable mention recipients will be honored during one of the general sessions at ICBA Community Banking LIVE 2019 with a dedicated, short video about their respective programs.

Contact ICBA for More Information

Tel: 800-422-8439
Email: marketing@icba.org