NACHA Excellence in Payments Awards

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.

The recipient of the NACHA Excellence in Payments Award will be announced on May 7 during the 2019 NACHA Payments Awards Luncheon, sponsored by TD Bank.

The deadline for 2019 entries is Friday, March 15, 2019.


Who is Eligible?

Any organization that has demonstrated superior leadership in the development, implementation, or advancement of domestic or international electronic payments is eligible for this award. There are no restrictions as to who can be nominated for this category, other than NACHA, nor Regional Payments Assocations are not eligible for this award. All organizations, whether small or large sized institutions, are encouraged to apply and are graded separately according to scale.

Application Process

Nominations are to be submitted between fall 2018 and March 2019 using the simple application form on the award entry page. NACHA will acknowledge receipt of your submission on a landing page with additional information. If you have questions about the application process, please contact NACHA by phone at 703-561-3965.

Review Process

A team of industry experts will review nominations during a two-three week evaluation period, grading each submission against a rigorous standard designed to assess innovation, quality, industry impact and measurable outcome to determine advancement.  

Nominees will be notified as to whether their submission is selected as a finalist during the first week of April. At this point, finalists will need to submit additional materials for the public voting phase of the awardee selection process by the end of March. Online voting is open to the public to select the award's winner in April leading up to the conference.

Frequently Asked Questions


NACHA Challenge

2019 Excellence Award Timeline

Friday, March 15, 2019

All nominations are due for preliminary judging.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Finalists are selected.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Additional, supporting presentation materials from finalists are due for online public voting page.

April 15 - May 4, 2019

Finalists are announced and voting takes place to decide which finalist receives this year's award.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Award is presented.