City Merit Awards

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.

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

  • 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

And introducing a NEW category:

  • Rising to the challenge: Community Heroes

2018 Merit Awards


The 2018 Merit Award recipients will be honored at a ceremony at City Hall on Monday, April 16, 2018, at 7pm. The Merit Awards are given during National Volunteer Week, to align with the nationwide celebration of those who seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. This event is open to the public. Spanish translation and sign language interpreting services will be provided. For more information, visit the event page

The Merit Awards Committee, a subcommittee of the Board of Community Services, reviews nominations from the community and selects the winners. The deadline for nominations was 3/1/18. Please check back at the end of the year for the chance to nominate for the 2019 Merit Awards!