Community Relations Council
The City of Hickory Community Relations Council (CRC) was established in 1963. Although many changes have taken place in our community since then, promoting diversity and tolerance of others is still our primary focus.
- To promote positive relationships within our community through dialogue, education, programs, and resources.
- To facilitate dialogue and encourage fellowship among diverse groups within our community.
- To provide educational opportunities for the community through partnerships, media and outreach programs.
- To evaluate programming on a continual basis to include grants, events and outreach.
- To identify all available resources, to successfully implement ways to utilize those resources and to assess the outcomes of programs and events.
Human Relations Awards
The annual Human Relations Awards are designed to recognize any individual, youth, organization, or business that has gone above and beyond in promoting good human relations in the City of Hickory. The CRC is currently accepting applications for the 2024 Human Relations Awards. Learn more. To submit a nomination, complete the form below and submit it by Thursday, Feb. 29, 2024.
CRC Project Grants
The Community Relations Council provides grants for projects or programs that directly support the CRC's mission. Priority will, generally, be given to projects that are designed to deliver the greatest impact on positive human relations, that are most effective in bringing different sub-communities of Hickory together, and that provide services and resources to the people who can most benefit. Applications are reviewed twice a year (spring and fall).
The CRC is currently seeking projects to fund for the 2023-2024 fiscal year and is inviting qualified groups or individuals to consider submitting grant requests for the Spring 2024 grant cycle. The deadline for submitting completed applications is Thursday, Feb. 29, 2024, at noon. Learn more.
The CRC consists of 16 members, two of which are high school students and two of which shall be differently-abled or physically challenged. No more that 5 of the 14 members shall be of any one racial/ethnic background.
If you are interested in serving on the CRC, please complete a Board and Commission Membership Application. All appointments are made by the Hickory City Council.
CRC meets on the second Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. All meetings are held at Hickory Police Headquarters unless otherwise noted.
Captain Philip Demas
Annual Grant Cycles
Building on Faith
Building Community from Diversity
Hmong New Year's Celebration
Diversity presentations to schools and neighborhood groups
Partnerships with local non-profit agencies assisting new arrivals in the Greater Hickory Metro
Diversity training sessions
Community movie nights
International Spring Fest in partnership with the Hickory International Council