This is our 30th year of celebrating the outstanding accomplishments of IBAT members with the
2021 Best of Community Banking Awards competition.

2021 Winners List and Entries

This program recognizes the vital role your bank plays in your community,
which has never been more important than throughout the past year.

The Best of Community Banking (BOCB) competition is an opportunity to showcase and honor the best-of-the-best efforts of IBAT members in six categories: pandemic response (new this year), bank culture, community service, financial literacy, marketing, and architectural design. Entries are free with a maximum of two per bank. 

Take this opportunity to tell the story of your bank’s critical involvement in the community and with both your employees and customers by sharing with us the exceptional projects you’ve taken on throughout the past year. What a year it has been!

This awards program is open to all member banks in good standing. Submissions will be electronic and include a written summary and short video (optional but highly encouraged). See additional details on the entry form. Entry requirements include:

  • Required: Thorough written documentation of program (no word limit – include narrative, goals, bank involvement and outcome/impact).
  • Required: Brief written program summary (100-200 words). Please note this is a concise summary and different than the requirement above.
  • Highly Encouraged: Short video showcasing submission that brings it to life. Phone video quality is fine. Feel free to highlight physical display, photos or employee/customer interviews in video. 

Entries must be emailed to Lindsey Gehrig by 5 p.m. on Friday, June 18. Submission videos will be shown throughout IBAT’s 47th Annual Convention at the Omni Barton Creek Resort in Austin, September 19-21, 2021. Additionally, Best of Show, Community Spirit and Gold Eagle winners will be recognized at the BOCB Awards Luncheon on Monday, September 20.

2021 Winners List and Entries

Entry Types and Examples

New: Pandemic Response

  • Assistance to local frontline workers and first responders, such as meals and other donations
  • Customer assistance programs such as Paycheck Protection Program participation or checking on senior customers
  • Programs that supplement employee offerings and/or meet various pandemic needs; time off to care for children or other loved ones, etc.

Financial Literacy

  • Youth or adult financial literacy programs
  • Kids’ savings programs

Bank Culture

  • All things employee focused: employee recognition, training and development programs, health incentives, etc.
  • Programs focused on developing bank culture internally and engaging employees


  • Bank products and services/branding
  • Customer rewards programs
  • Social media campaigns
  • Website/mobile banking design and content
  • Special events (i.e. anniversaries, grand openings, etc.)

Community Service

  • Civic programs (i.e. senior citizen outreach, health screenings, food banks, etc.)
  • Adopt-a-School programs
  • Crisis management (local, state, national)


Architectural Design

  • Historic renovation and revitalization
  • New build and/or renovation of headquarters or branch facilities

2021 BOCB Awards Sponsored by: