The 2021 Common Good Awards will focus on the charitable innovation of local businesses in the face of the COVID-19 crisis. Whether they helped not-for-profits or pivoted their business model to meet the needs of their local community, many for-profit Rhode Island companies rose to the occasion during the pandemic.

We’re also looking ahead to how companies will encourage philanthropy in their employees post-pandemic.

For example, some companies shifted their business models to produce hand sanitization, while other companies enabled their employees to volunteer for COVID-19 hotlines. Several of our restaurant neighbors offered free lunches to schoolkids and corporations donated laptops to children for remote learning. We will look for unique and innovative efforts like these in applicants in the 2021 Common Good Awards — companies that went out of their way to help the community through this crisis.  

This year, due to the new direction of the 2021 Common Good Awards, we felt that it was best to help guide you, our applicants with four questions fielded by our editorial team.

We have created two separate entry forms: one for nonprofits to nominate a business that helped them through the crisis and a second form for businesses to apply on their own behalf.

Honorees will be selected in each of the following categories:

Micro – 1-9 employees

Small – 10-49 employees

Medium – 50-249 employees

Large – 250+ employees

The application will be open through September 30th. Winners will be featured in an early 2021 issue of Rhode Island Monthly and celebrated at a special event.

To nominate or apply, please complete the correct application below:


Click here if you are a for profit business    •     Click here if you are a nonprofit

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, or a paid Community Partner profile for your company, email Kieran Keating.