LGFCU Excellence in Innovation Awards

LGFCU Excellence in Innovation Awards - No Year
Details about the Award Program
The Excellence in Innovation Awards provides a total of $10,000 in prizes to county employees who develop successful programs that help counties improve services to citizens. Cash awards of $1,000 each are given to ten winning programs each year. Successful programs demonstrate innovative solutions and cost/resource savings for counties. Examples include services related to general government, health and human services, public information/participation and intergovernmental collaboration. The winning programs are recognized and honored each year during the NCACC Annual Conference.

Innovation Award Categories:

General Government:
 includes programs related to environmental protection, economic development, libraries, arts, parks and recreation, human/race relations, mentoring for employees or youth, and general county administrative services.

Human Services: includes programs related to social services, health, mental health and other programs to aid the elderly, disabled, low-income, youth, etc.

Public Information/Participation: includes any program that informs and/or seeks to involve citizens in county programs or services. Can be audience specific (news media, civic groups, youth, etc.) or the general citizenry. Can include such activities as Youth Advisory Councils or other citizens groups designed to involve constituents in the decision-making process.

Intergovernmental Collaboration: includes any program that involves more than one jurisdiction (i.e. another county, municipality or state or federal agency) in delivering services or information to county citizens.

Covid-19 Response: in addition to the traditional award categories above, this year's program will give special consideration to county efforts to respond to the covid-19 pandemic.


  1. The categories above are intended to group similar programs together for judging purposes. NCACC staff will organize the applications into the categories based on the description and characteristics of the program. Please note that all county programs are eligible, even if they are not an exact match for one of the categories. If a program doesn't fit elsewhere, it will be entered as a General Government program. 
  2. Each entry must be approved by the county manager or department head.
  3. The application must be filled out in its entirety and be received by the NCACC by the posted deadline.
  4. The program must have been implemented or improved on between January 1st and December 31st of the preceding year. 

Judging Criteria

Applications are judged by a group of county leaders, department heads, staff, and previous award winners. The judges rate each program on innovative solutions to the stated county need, measurable results, use of available resources, and the ability for the program to be replicated by other counties.

Examples of effective programs include: 

  • The same level of service delivered at a lower cost 
  • A higher level of service delivered at the same cost
  • Avoidance of future cost increases
  • Use of sustainable products or practices to provide a current, new or expanded service

Application Review Phase

Award winners will be notified of their selection in July of each year. Winners are encouraged to attend the LGFCU Awards Luncheon at the NCACC Annual Conference to be recognized for their achievement. Details will be provided when award winners are selected.

There is no limit to the number of entries a county may submit, but each county will be limited to a maximum of 2 awards.