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Neighbourhood Services is looking for the most Awesome Blocks in the city!

Are your neighbours kind, helpful and friendly?
Do you take care of each other in tough times?
Do you celebrate together and make sure everyone is included?

If so, you might live on an Awesome Block!

We invite you to celebrate your neighbours by nominating your block, building floor or cul-de-sac for an Awesome Block Award.  

Share a story about what your block does that makes it special, an event they hold that is helping neighbours connect or something inspirational that has happened where you live.  You can also share photos and videos!

Submissions open on May 26 from 8am until noon on August 22, 2021.

Learn how to enter your nominations View Entry Terms and Conditions

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What makes your block awesome?

Abundant Community Edmonton recognizes 7 functions of a neighbourhood that help build connections:

  1. Health and Wellness
  2. Safety and Security 
  3. Local Food Production
  4. Nurturing the Local Economy
  5. Environmental Stewardship
  6. Raising Children in the Neighbourhood
  7. Creating Care 
Some examples of what makes your block awesome include:
  • Isabella said: “Our block meets on Thursday nights to go for physically distanced walks together.” 
  • Marliyn said: “Our block has a monthly Wine Wednesday event where we meet outside, have wine and chat.
  • Henry (age 10): “My family leaves friendly notes on our neighbours' doors.

How To Submit Your Nomination

There are 2 ways to enter this contest:

  1. Complete the entry form, or
  2. Email with your story, photo(s) or video attached; the contest administrator will contact you in return for more details on your submission, if needed

Submission Deadlines

Online submissions open on Wednesday May 26, 2021. The deadline for submitting nominations is 12pm (noon) MST, on Sunday August 22, 2021.

The City of Edmonton reserves the right to adjust any deadline(s) as the result of causes beyond its immediate control.

Selected Nominee Announcements

Everyone who submits an entry is a winner by connecting their block and sharing their story. Each nomination will receive lawn signs to celebrate their Awesome Block.  

Some submissions will be selected to be highlighted at an online or in-person event. The block, building or cul-de-sacs will be selected and recipients will be notified of the selection by August 27, 2021.

Entry Terms and Conditions

Please read the following rules, terms and legal conditions before submitting any contest entries!
  • The Awesome Block Awards is open to residents of the City of Edmonton.
  • Submissions made by people under 18 must be approved by the legal guardian or parent.
  • The entry must be submitted by August 22, 2021 and should be about how you are all building connections between neighbours. Please include:
    • A brief written story (maximum 300 words), include photos if you can, or
    • A video recording (under 2 minutes)

Photo Format and Content Criteria

  • Submissions may originate in any image or portable format (PDF, JPG, PNG, BMP, GIF, TIF) including, but not limited to digital files, digital prints, and colour prints, so long as they are submitted electronically. PDF, JPG and PNG file types are recommended.
  • Any images submitted must be original and belong to the person or group completing the nomination.
  • Images with identifiable people will require model releases to be signed by each identifiable person in the photo.  The model release(s) can be signed and sent in by scanning or taking a photo of the release and emailing it to
  • All submissions should accurately reflect the subject matter as it appeared. 
  • If you choose to send your submission to it must be fully completed in order to be accepted.

Video Format and Content Criteria

  • Submissions may be delivered in: PDF or Word Doc format (for text documents); .mp4 or .mov format(for videos)

Limitation of Liability

  1. The City of Edmonton is not responsible for printing or typographical errors in any contest-related materials, or for stolen, lost, late, misdirected, damaged, incomplete, or illegible entries
  2. The City of Edmonton is not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by website users or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the photo contest, or by any technical or human error that may occur in the processing of submissions to the photo contest
  3. If, for any reason, the photo is not capable of completion as planned, including but not limited to, infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other causes beyond the control of the City of Edmonton that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the photo contest, the City of Edmonton reserves the right at their sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the photo contest

FOIP Statement

Personal information is collected for the purpose of the Awesome Block Awards and will be used to administer the project. Collection is authorized under section 33(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act and is managed and protected in accordance with the Act. For questions about the collection, please contact the Abundant Community Edmonton Project Manager, 780-970-3797, or


Questions and inquiries about contest rules can be emailed to

For More Information

Abundant Community Edmonton Coordinator




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