Since 1978, the Santa Rosa City Council has presented Merit Awards to organizations, individuals and businesses who have volunteered their time and energies to serve the community and improve the quality of life in Santa Rosa.

The Merit Awards acknowledge those who go above and beyond by:

  • Serving others, particularly young people, seniors, and those in need.
  • Beautifying our community.
  • Strengthening our neighborhoods.
  • Expanding and enriching the artistic and historical culture of the city.
  • Fostering sustainability and protecting the environment.

Update! The next Merit Awards program will take place on April 25, 2016, during National Volunteer Month. National Volunteer Month is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. Santa Rosa's Merit Awards program embodies these goals, so the Merit Awards Committee looks forward to aligning our ceremony with the events happening nationwide.

If you are interested in nominating a group or individual for a 2016 Merit Award, please check back in late 2015/early 2016 to access the online nomination form and for deadline information.

If you are interested in serving on the Merit Awards Committee for the 2016 awards, you can learn more in the top right of this page.

For more information call (707) 543-3279 or email srmeritawards@srcity.org.


2013 Merit Award Recipient poses with Mayor.


 Recruiting Members

The 2016 Merit Awards Committee seeks new members to help review, select, and honor the awardees. Click below for more information and to apply. The application to join the committee has been extended to November 15, 2015. Feel free to call (707) 543-3279 with any questions!

Prospective Committee Member Letter
Committee Member Application

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Meeting Agendas

 Past Award Ceremonies

To view pictures from the 2014 City Merit Awards Ceremony, please click here.

 Past Recipients