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.  


2021 | COVID-19 Relief or Support Programs

The 2021 Joe Belew Award will be presented to the CBA member-bank applicant with the most responsive and impactful COVID-19 relief or support program.

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?  (Please do not include Payment Protection Program efforts.)  

Suggested examples include:

  • Affording Housing Assistance
  • Mask Making
  • PPE Donation
  • Work from Home Initiatives
  • Financial & Budget Education
  • First Responder & Front-Line Worker Support
  • Food Insecurity & Assistance program
  • Utility Payment Support


For printable details about the 2021 Joe Belew Award, click here.


To Apply:

To nominate a CBA-member bank program for the 2021 Joe Belew Award, complete the application and return it via email to  

Please Note:

  • The deadline to apply is Wednesday, April 21, 2021.  
  • PPP efforts are not eligible for consideration. 
  • Only one (1) application per bank will be submitted and accepted.


Application Timeline:

March: CBA will begin accepting applications.

April: The deadline for applications is Wednesday, April 21, 2021.  Submission review and judging process begins.

End of May: All applicants will be contacted regarding the status of the submission.

August: Winner announced at CBA LIVE 2021 taking place August 16-18, at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes in Orlando, FL.



For questions or additional information, contact Maren Colon or call (202) 552-6394.