Nomination Period Now Open for Small Town America Civic Volunteer Award

The Small Town America Civic Volunteer Award (STACVA) is a national program that will honor 100 extraordinary local government volunteers in smaller cities, townships, and counties under 5,000 in population. The program, which launched June 1 and runs through August 15, is being sponsored by CivicPlus.

STACVA is intended to help spotlight the growing challenge small cities face in retaining and recruiting people to fill vital public safety roles, including as firefighters and emergency medical technicians, on municipal boards/councils, and on local government committees that support planning, library, parks and recreation, and other important services.

Local governments represented by the top 100 STACVA honorees will receive free CivicCMS web sites, featuring custom volunteer modules to aid in volunteer retention and recruitment efforts. Localities represented by the top three winning honorees will also receive cash awards of $10,000, $7,500, and $5,000 to help with retention and recruitment of local public service volunteers.

Local government representatives may nominate citizens and/or citizen organizations using the online application. Nominators are asked to describe their candidate’s compelling story of local volunteerism and its positive impact on their community.

The Barton Russell Group will administer the program and judging process. The award is co-sponsored by the National Volunteer Fire Council, National Association of Counties, National Association of Towns and Townships, Points of Light, and Main Street America.

Learn more and submit a nomination at