Nacha Payments Awards


Innovation Propels Recognition

Nacha's annual Payments Awards celebrate proven accomplishment and leadership in the payments industry and recognize and reward the payments innovations defining the future.

For more than 20 years, the awards have honored outstanding achievements that shape the payments industry. Nominations for the 2019 awards are now open. The deadline for the Nacha Excellence in Payments Award and the ACH Network Challenge is Friday, March 15.

The Awards

Nacha Excellence in Payments Award

The Nacha Excellence in Payments Award honors an organization that has shown superior leadership and accomplishment in the development, implementation or advancement of domestic or international electronic payments.

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ACH Network Challenge

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The ACH Network Challenge, a team competition — worth $25,000 in prize money — is designed to foster new ways to enable usage for Same Day ACH.

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Evaluation Process

All proposals for both awards will be reviewed by a team of payments industry experts to determine the finalists for each award. The payments industry experts team will review videos, testimonials, and other supporting proposal materials in determining which proposals make it to finalist status.

Nacha Challenge: The finalist teams that are selected will be required to provide an in-person demonstration on May 6 in Orlando, Florida at PAYMENTS 2019. There are two Nacha Challenge awards provided – an audience choice award by PAYMENTS attendees and one by a panel of payments industry judges.

Nacha Excellence in Payments Award: Once finalists are determined by the industry experts team, online voting that is open to the public will begin from April 15 - May 4, 2019.    

General Nomination Criteria

Nomination for the 2019 Nacha Payments Awards is a privilege, providing individuals and organizations with high visibility in the industry. Nominees must adhere to Nacha's Code of Conduct and act upon their activities with the highest levels of integrity and professionalism. This is an inclusive nomination process and is not restricted in any way other than Nacha, the Regional Payments Associations and their employees are not eligible for these awards.

Cost to Submit

There are no costs or fees for submitting a nomination in the Nacha Payments Awards program.


Contact Nacha via email at with questions or to request assistance with your submission.

Past Awards and Winners