The Ohio Association of Nonprofit Organizations (OANO) is currently accepting applications for the 5th Annual Ohio Nonprofit Excellence Award. The award recognizes creativity, execution, achievement and overall excellence of a specific project or program completed by an Ohio nonprofit in 2009. Awards are open to any 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Ohio, and there is no fee to apply. There are six different awards available, two for each region of the state (Northern, Central, Southern), one of which is for small to mid-size nonprofits (operating budgets not exceeding $1 million) and the other of which is for large nonprofits (operating budgets more than $1 million).

Three finalists from each category will be invited to a luncheon in their honor at the Ohio Statehouse on May 11, 2010, and winners will be announced at the luncheon. Award applications are available on the OANO website at; by phone at 614-280-0233 or 888-480-6266; or by e-mail to Applications are welcome from small-, medium- and large-sized groups as well as newer or well-established organizations. In reviewing applications, evaluators will consider both the human and financial resources of the applicants.

The application is a one-part process that will address important details such as measurable outcomes, budget numbers and use of resources. Winning organizations will receive a stipend to further their programs or services, among other prizes.

Award applications must be postmarked by March 1.