Travelers Excellence in Community Resilience Award

The Travelers Excellence in Community Resilience Award Application is now closed. The 2018 winner will be announced in late May.

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Travelers is committed to raising awareness about disaster preparedness and creating discussion about the importance of improving response and recovery actions after major events.  Through its charitable giving arm, the Travelers Foundation, and its public policy division, The Travelers Institute®, the company has created an annual Excellence in Community Resilience Award of $100,000 to recognize an organization that demonstrates leadership in addressing community resiliency.

The Lowlander Center works with and for low lying communities of Louisiana in order for them to become safer, more sustainable, and more resilient.

Award Criteria:  Applicants' initiatives should demonstrate leadership in addressing safety, community resiliency, and/or financial threats related to catastrophic events.  In addition, the program should take into consideration the varying needs of all residents of the geographic region. In light of the devastation caused by the 2017 hurricane season, the 2018 award will give special consideration to organizations working to strengthen communities against hurricane risk, particularly in Texas and Florida.

  1. Applicant organization must have a demonstrated track record of positive impacts related to disaster preparation, mitigation, response and/or recovery.
  2. Award may be for a new or existing program related to creating community resilience for communities facing risks from hurricane, tornado/hail, and wildfire. Programs related to creating general community preparedness are also eligible.
  3. The organization or program must demonstrate innovation in the field and intent to share effective strategies with others.
  4. Eligible organizations will submit plans to implement, or proof of having implemented, actions in the community. Academic research projects and surveys are not eligible.

Above Lowlander Center volunteers explore the wetlands of a community they serve. By using participatory action research they work closely with individuals from local communities to create positive change.

Applicant Qualifications:  The organization and program must be located within the United States.  Applicants must be IRS-designated public charities or government agencies; individuals are not eligible for the award.  If the project is a collective effort, a single fiduciary organization must be identified.  Applicants must be on sound financial footing and demonstrate strong governance practices. Previous Excellence in Community Resilience Award winners must wait three years from the time of the award before applying again.

The following organizations will not be eligible for the award:

  • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, culture, age, physical disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a military veteran or genetic information.
  • Universities, except as fiscal agents for collaborative efforts with other entities in action-oriented initiatives.
  • Religious organizations, unless it can be shown that the organization is seeking charitable funds in the direct interest of the whole community.
  • Fraternal organizations.
  • Political or lobbying organizations.


The Lowlander Center, pictured throughout the site, is the third annual Travelers Excellence in Community Resilience Award winner. Based in the bayous of Louisiana the nonprofit organization is supporting lowland people and places through education, research and advocacy.  The work of the Lowlander Center is to help create solutions to living with an ever-changing coastline and land loss while visioning a future that builds capacity and resilience for place and people. The center is based on community participatory principles and methods. Problem solving begins at the community level.

Application and Award Process: 

Application and Award Process: All applicants must complete the Travelers Excellence in Community Resilience Award online application (see below). The application for the 2018 award will be open from November 8 - December 15, 2017.  Applicants must commit to having a senior executive attend the Travelers Institute® Kicking Off Hurricane Preparedness Season Symposium, which will be held in late May or early June 2018.

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