Recognition Policy

The City of Fort Worth Recognitions include Letters of Appreciation/Congratulations, Certificates of Recognition, Proclamations, and Lightings. 

Each recognition is ceremonial in nature and is issued by the Mayor or a City Council Member. Recognitions are intended to honor and celebrate special events, significant issues, or increase awareness of programs and people that make Fort Worth one of the most livable cities in the nation. 

The City of Fort retains the rights to edit all recognition text to reflect the city’s vision, mission, and goals.

For more information, please email mayorrecognition@fortworthtexas.gov or call 817-392-6118.

Requirements and fees for all recognition requests

  • Request must be made by a City of Fort Worth resident or an organization based in Fort Worth.
  • All requests MUST be submitted at least 30 days prior to the presentation date.
  • A resident or an organization may only request one recognition of one type annually.
  • Recognitions are issued at no charge to individuals or groups, however, a $15 fee is assessed for additional copies of physical recognitions placed in a blue folder. 

Types of recognition requests and requirements

1. Letter of Appreciation/Congratulations

  • Will be issued by the Mayor or by a Council Member
  • Letter of Appreciation/Congratulations requests will be considered for:
    • In celebration of achievements and recognizes individuals or organizations for their accomplishments
    • In recognition of individual birthdays, anniversaries, retirements, professional celebrations, and award recipients
    • Will be issued by the Mayor or by a Council Member
    • Certificate of Recognition requests will be considered for:
      • In celebration of achievements, and recognizes individuals or organizations for their accomplishments
      • In recognition of individual birthdays, anniversaries, retirements, professional celebrations, and award recipients

2. Certificate of Recognition

  • Will be issued by the Mayor or by a Council Member
  • Certificate of Recognition requests will be considered for:
    • In celebration of achievements, and recognizes individuals or organizations for their accomplishments
    • In recognition of individual birthdays, anniversaries, retirements, professional celebrations, and award recipients 

3. Proclamation

  • All Proclamations MUST be presented by the Mayor or a City Council Member. If they are not available, a Certificate of Recognition may be issued at your request.
  • A proclamation is an act that formally declares to the general public that the government has acted in a particular way. It is a written or printed document issued by a superior government executive such as the president, governor or mayor which sets out such a declaration by the government.
  • Proclamation requests will be considered for:
    • Individual Birthdays 100 years or greater
    • Local city events
    • National or International groups hosting events within the City of Fort Worth with an in-city sponsor
    • Local business milestones
  • Proclamation requests will not be considered for:
    • Matters of political controversy, ideological or religious beliefs, or individual conviction
    • Events or organizations with no direct relationship to the City of Fort Worth
    • Campaigns or events contrary to City policies
    • Annual proclamations (will instead honor anniversaries like 5th, 10th, 15th, etc.) 

4. Lighting

  • A lighting recognition request is a request to coordinate lighting or color of lighting of iconic Fort Worth buildings, structures, and art installations to recognize Fort Worth events or achievements. 
  • Please note that an approved lighting request will result in a coordinated request of iconic structures to be lit, however, each structure will have right of refusal for the request.
  • Lighting requests will be considered for:
    • Local city events
    • National or International groups hosting events within the City of Fort Worth with an in-city sponsor
    • Local business milestones

For more information please email mayorrecognition@fortworthtexas.gov or call 817-392-6118. 

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