• Have a Great Idea To Make Your Community Better? Your Project Could Win Up To $10k In Funding.

  • For Immediate Release                                                                                     
    January 7, 2019
    Have a Great Idea To Make Your Community Better?  
    Your Project Could Win Up To $10k In Funding. 

    Stillwater, Minn. – What would you do if you were given $10,000 to make your community better? Stillwater Area Foundation is now accepting applications for its annual Great Idea Competition. The organization wants to hear from individuals, groups, and businesses from the greater Stillwater Area who are prepared to undertake civic-minded projects and need funding to make it happen.
    Up to $10,000 will be granted to the winning Great Idea. Just about any civic-minded project will be given serious consideration as long as it benefits the community by enhancing quality of life, making connections, or building civic pride. This year’s winning Great Idea might make life more enjoyable for residents and visitors, address an environmental concern, help under-served citizens or strengthen community ties.
    The Great Idea can benefit any of the communities within the Stillwater Area Foundation’s service area: Stillwater, Stillwater Township, Bayport, Baytown Township, Grant, Lake Elmo, Marine on St. Croix, May Township, Oak Park Heights and West Lakeland Township.
    Past winners have undertaken a wide range of projects. The 2018 Great Idea Competition grant went to a project that places art in public places:  city utility boxes.   Past grants have been given to beautify the Main Street stairs in Stillwater, help bring the River City Sculpture Tour to downtown Stillwater, help fund the Stillwater Dog Park, and help a hearty band of volunteers build pollinator gardens. In 2016, the award helped create Lens Flare Stillwater, a website and app that brings the city’s past to life through audio, text and historical photos on a personal digital device. 
    Applications for the 2019 Great Idea Challenge must be received by April 1, 2019.  For more information and the application, visitwww.stillwaterareafoundation.org.
    The Stillwater Foundation is a community foundation affiliated with the St. Croix Valley Foundation. For more information, visit the organization’s website: stillwaterareafoundation.org
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