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The answer AWARD is common and appears about once every 200 puzzles.

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AWARD as a noun:

1. (award, awarding) = a grant made by a law court; "he criticized the awarding of compensation by the court"
2. (award, accolade, honor, honour, laurels) = a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction; "an award for bravery"
3. (prize, award) = something given for victory or superiority in a contest or competition or for winning a lottery; "the prize was a free trip to Europe"

AWARD as a verb:

1. (award, present) = give, especially as an honor or reward; "bestow honors and prizes at graduation"
2. (award, grant) = give as judged due or on the basis of merit; "the referee awarded a free kick to the team"; "the jury awarded a million dollars to the plaintiff";"Funds are granted to qualified researchers"