Although it was designed by the Home Office, in recent times the NNWA has been concerned at the way businesses have hijacked it to give potential customers an impression they actively support Neighbourhood Watch.
The NNWA responded by making the logo a registered trademark so they could more closely control how it is used.
Mr Howell said: "It is quite clear from a debate in the House of Lords that the Home Office will take over our role if the NNWA folded.
Minister of State at the Home Office Hazel Blears recently told the House of Commons: "Earlier this year the Home Office began receiving complaints from local schemes and one police force that the NNWA had registered the logos as trademarks.
Launching the awards, John Howell, NNWA
director-general, said: "There are hundreds of thousands of Neighbourhood Watchers in the UK, all of whom work incredibly hard for the benefit of their community.