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.  


2024 | Workforce Development & Educational Opportunities

Now accepting applications through Friday, January 26, 2024

The 2024 Joe Belew Award will be presented to the CBA member-bank applicant with the most responsive and impactful program seeking to improve workforce development and educational opportunities.

How did your bank or bankers go above and beyond to help consumers? Did your bank lend a helping hand to the community or employees?

Suggested examples include:

  • Student Educational or Institution Internships
  • Low-Moderate Income (LMI) Community Development
  • Workforce Affordable Housing
  • Sector-Specific Skill Development
  • Financial Health


For printable details about the 2024 Joe Belew Award, click here.


To Apply:

  • The application window for the 2023 Joe Belew Award closed on Friday, January 26, 2024.  


2023 Application Timeline:

  • November: CBA will begin accepting applications.
  • January: The deadline for applications is Friday, January 26, 2024.  Submission review and judging process begins.
  • End of February: All applicants will be contacted regarding the status of the submission.
  • March: Winner announced at CBA LIVE 2024 taking place March 25-27 at the Gaylord National Harbor in Washington, D.C.



For questions or additional information, contact Kevin O'Connor or call (202) 552-6376.