COSCDA annually bestows several categories of awards to a COSCDA member and to state programs, based on membership nominations.  The awards are designed to provide our members with national recognition for excellent projects. 

COSCDA award submissions can be submitted on a rolling basis throughout the year.  Award review takes place annually in August, all submissions received by July 21 will be considered.

The awards presentation is typically made during the President’s Reception at COSCDA’s Annual Training Conference held in September each year.   

Highlighted below are the award categories along with an application, on behalf of the Awards Review Sub-Committee, you are encouraged to take a few minutes and reflect on a deserving COSCDA colleague, activity, or project and submit a nomination for one of these prestigious awards.


COSCDA annually bestows several awards to COSCDA members and to state programs based on nominations from our membership and are designed to provide national recognition to our members.

Named in honor of long time COSCDA member, James Reeves, this award recognizes an individual COSCDA member who has made the most significant and sustained contribution to the work and mission of COSCDA during the last five years.  

A member’s contribution can be demonstrated in a number of ways, including but not limited to: frequent and active participation in COSCDA workshops and conferences; responsiveness to staff requests for information or surveys; providing well prepared and thoughtful input on developing COSCDA policy positions; service on committees; making Congressional visits or contacts on COSCDA positions; providing peer to peer assistance to other members; active support for and participation in regional meetings of states; serving as trainers in COSCDA sponsored boot camps; and other roles to support and advance the COSCDA vision, mission, and strategic plan.

This award recognizes innovative activities, policies or programs that have been implemented at the state level, which have demonstrated success in solving community needs.  The winner of this award will make a presentation at Annual Training Conference.  

COSCDA Sterling Achievement Awards

This award recognizes state programs that have demonstrated, during a sustained period, positive results in improving the lives of lower income persons in the following program areas:

  • Community Development/Economic Development 
  • Housing Assistance
  • Homelessness Assistance/Prevention
  • Disaster Recovery