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This spring, Baltimore Homecoming’s third Homecoming Hero Awards, sponsored by T. Rowe Price, will recognize five Baltimore heroes — community and nonprofit leaders, activists, artists or other innovators — who have made a significant impact on our city over the past few years.

Nominations are being accepted via the form below through Oct. 15. From the nominees, Baltimore Homecoming’s Selection Committee will choose 10 finalists. Members of the public will then determine five winners via an online vote from November through Dec. 31. All finalists will be invited to share their stories at the May 4-6 Homecoming event.

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More about Baltimore Homecoming and the Homecoming Hero Awards sponsored by T. Rowe Price

Baltimore Homecoming aims to inspire Baltimore alumni — anyone who was born, grew up, lived or worked in Baltimore — to reconnect with the city and join it in building a brighter future. Through the Homecoming program, it will introduce out-of-town guests to the city’s leading innovators, artists, activists and community leaders.

Here’s how it will work:

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» NOMINATE: From Sept. 7 through Oct. 15, the public will nominate Homecoming Heroes. Anybody who does their transformational work in Baltimore is eligible, but Baltimore Homecoming is looking in particular for individuals who have made a significant contribution to the city through their activism, the arts, or community work; through a faith-based organization; or through nonprofit leadership. Baltimore Homecoming’s Selection Committee will narrow down the pool of nominations to 10 finalists. Below you’ll find more detail on the selection criteria.

» VOTE: You can vote on your top five Heroes. The voting will open in November and run through Dec. 31. All 10 finalists will be invited to participate and share their stories at the Homecoming event and participate in T. Rowe Price Foundation’s capacity building program. The five winners will have a speaking opportunity on stage at the Homecoming and will receive a cash award of $3,000 each.

» TUNE IN: Baltimore Homecoming will announce the five winners about a week before the May 4-6 Homecoming event To keep it a surprise, we’ll keep vote tallies secret until the announcement.

The Homecoming Hero Awards are subject to Baltimore Homecoming’s Privacy Policy.

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Frequently asked questions

Who is eligible?

Baltimore Homecoming is looking for community leaders, activists, artists, leaders of small or start-up nonprofit organizations, small-business owners, and other innovators. That said, any U.S. citizen or legal resident 18 years of age or older who has demonstrated commitment to social change and community engagement on behalf of those living in Baltimore is eligible.

What are the selection criteria?

Baltimore Homecoming’s Host Committee will review nominations and select 10 finalists on the basis of three factors, which will be weighted equally:

» Impact: What challenge(s) has the nominee sought to address? What progress have they made? Have they transformed the lives of individuals? Touched the lives of many?

» Inspiration and mobilization: Did the nominee inspire others to take action? Did they work to organize others within their neighborhood or across Baltimore as a whole?

» Creativity: Did the nominee’s work break new ground or create a new model for change?

What are the awards?

Winners can choose to receive their $3,000 cash prize an unrestricted individual gift or to donate to a nonprofit organization or charity of their choice.

Will there be awards for finalists?

All 10 finalists will be given a chance to participate and share their story at the Homecoming event May 4-6.

How will winners be selected? What’s the timeline?

We will be accepting public nominations through Oct. 15. Baltimore Homecoming’s Selection Committee will narrow down the list to 10 finalists, which will be released in early November. Public voting to select the five winners will be live until Dec. 1. The five winners will be announced on May 4.

Why can’t I see the voting results?

To save the excitement for the reveal!

What if my question isn’t answered here?

Email coordinators@baltsun.com and depending on the nature of your question Baltimore Sun technical staff or Baltimore Homecoming organizers will do their best to help.

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