THE Foundation for Rural Integrated Enterprises N Development (FRIEND) picked Bila as Lautoka's best community.
The award came after the community was recognised as being far more resilient despite being greatly affected by recent floods.
FRIEND manager GROW Sandhya Narayan said the awards had criteria which participants had to meet.
"This included cleanliness, disaster preparedness, crime rate, food security, backyard gardens etc which the entrants put a score for themselves as well as by the judges," said Ms Narayan.
Community headman Savenaca Saunoko said the community consisted of nine families with a total population of 101.
"We do collective farming on four acres of land," he said. Apart from that, the community planted trees along the river banks to stop further soil erosion.
FRIEND director Sashi Kiran said they observed the communities over the past few months before deciding on the winners.
AusAID funded the awards where Bila won four categories including the Best Community Award.
AusAID first secretary Timothy Gill said the community should be an inspiration to i-Taukei communities.