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 2018 Joe Belew Award honored the applicant with the most innovative and impactful programs serving the unbanked and underbanked. 



2019 Joe Belew Award Winner

Congratulations to Woodforest National Bank, who was presented the ninth annual Joe Belew Award for its program, Woodforest Foundry.  Read more about the 2019 Joe Belew Award winners here.


2019 | Small Business Initiatives

The 2019 Joe Belew Award honored the CBA member-bank applicant with the most innovative and impactful small business initiatives, including programs such as:

  • Mentorship
  • Financial Education
  • Microlending
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Fintech
  • Community Involvement


The award was presented at CBA LIVE 2019 in Washington, D.C.  


2019 Joe Belew Award Nominees

CBA is pleased to recognize 12 small business initiatives considered for the 2019 Joe Belew Award.  Learn more about the nominees below:




How to Apply  

The application period for the 2019 Joe Belew Award has closed.  You can watch the award presentation via LIVE stream here.

  • The Joe Belew Award is open to all CBA member banks.
  • The application deadline was January 23, 2019.   
  • For printable details about the 2019 Joe Belew Award, click here.



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