It’s time for the public to nominate its favorite community-centric corporations for Washington’s highest civics award.

Secretary of State Sam Reed’s office will start accepting nominations Friday for the Corporations for Communities 2011 Award. Aug. 31 is the nomination deadline. The Corporations for Communities program recognizes exceptional Washington businesses that demonstrate a commitment to giving in order to improve local or regional social and environmental conditions.

Each year, one large and one small corporation are selected to receive a National Association of Secretaries of State Medallion, which is the highest civics honor awarded by the state.

Any sized for-profit corporation, limited liability corporation or limited partnership is eligible for this award. The nominee must be registered with the Office of the Secretary of State and be in compliance with state and federal laws.

Nomination forms are available on the Secretary of State’s website. Winners will be announced in September.