Since 1978, the Santa Rosa City Council has presented Merit Awards to individuals, organizations and businesses who volunteer their time and energies to serve the community and improve the quality of life in Santa Rosa.
Awards will be given in the following categories:
Beautifying our community
Serving others, particularly young people, seniors and those in need
Strengthening our neighborhoods
Expanding and enriching the artistic and historical culture of the City
Fostering sustainability and protecting the environment
Rising to the challenge: Community Heroes
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Nominations Closed for 2021 Merit Awards The nomination period has closed for the 2021 Merit Awards. Please check back for updates on nominations for the 2022 Merit Awards.
Merit Awards Ceremony
The Merit Awards Ceremony scheduled for Monday, September 20, 2021 has been postponed following public health recommendations due to ongoing transmission of the Delta variant strain of COVID-19 in Sonoma County. Alternate plans to announce and honor the winners of the 2021 Merit Awards are being made, and details for the celebration will be provided as soon as they are available.