The Joe Belew Award

About the Joe Belew Award

The Joe Belew Award was established to honor former CBA President, Joe Belew, for his commitment to community development. The award encourages and recognizes the efforts of CBA member banks whose innovative solutions address pressing social and community issues. The focus of the Award changes annually, with past honors spotlighting job creation, and low- and moderate-income housing programs.  The 2017 Joe Belew Award honored the applicant with the most innovative and impactful program to support digital access to financial services. 



2018 | Underbanked & Unbanked Consumer Programs

The 2018 Joe Belew Award will be presented to the CBA member-bank applicant with the most innovative and impactful program serving underbanked and unbanked consumers, highlighting its “Beyond the Bank” efforts in the community.  The winning bank will receive $5,000 to donate to the nonprofit program partner of its choice and will be featured in an award ceremony at CBA LIVE in March 2018. CBA will showcase the program in a press release and on its website throughout the following year.  The winner will be selected by a volunteer subcommittee of the CBA Community Reinvestment Committee.  The deadline for applications is Wednesday, January 17, 2018.



  1. Download the 2018 Joe Belew Award Application.
  2. Email completed applications to by Wednesday, January 17, 2018.


For questions or additional information, contact Maren Colon or call (202) 552-6394.  For printable details about the 2018 Joe Belew Award, click here.



Congratulations to PNC, winner of the 2017 Joe Belew Award honoring digital access programs. Learn more about PNC's winning program here. Pictured (L to R) Michael Taylor of PNC accepts the 2017 Joe Belew Award from Capital One's Jim Matthews, Past Chair of CBA's Community Reinvestment Committee.