Great Idea Competition

Great Idea Competition, © Photo by Kelley BrennerWin up to $10K for your civic-minded project!

What would you do with up to $10,000 to make your community better? Stillwater Area Community Foundation’s Great Idea Competition is open to any citizen, group, nonprofit, business or organization with an idea for the community, and the determination to complete it. The competition is held every spring.

As long as it benefits one of our local communities, the Great Idea could be just about anything!

For example, the next Great Idea may…
  • Welder and artist John Hughes installs "Trap", an original outdoor sculpture of a life-sized female wolf made out of animal traps by Dale Lewis, in downtown Stillwater, Wednesday, June 1, 2016. (Pioneer Press: Scott Takushi)Beautify streetscapes
  • Address an environmental concern
  • Make life more enjoyable for local residents
  • Address needs of under-served community members
  • Attract visitors and engage residents
The winning Great Idea will…
  • Be innovative
  • Enhance quality of life
  • Strengthen community connections
  • Build community pride
And it will benefit one or more of our communities.

Want to apply? Tell us your idea.

Great Idea applications are accepted every year from January 1 through April 1. The winner will be announced in the Spring, and target project completion is 12 to 18 months from grant receipt.

Stillwater Area Community Foundation strives to diversify the kinds of Great Ideas we fund, and the places and people within our service areas who benefit from it.  Preference will be given to applicants who have not received a Great Idea grant within the past three years.

Top entrants may be asked to present their Great Idea at Stillwater Area Community Foundation’s April board meeting.

Click here for the application form, .pdf format.

Click here for the application form, .doc format.

Please download and save the application onto your computer, then complete, print/scan and submit. Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed.

Submit applications by mail or email:

Stillwater Area Community Foundation
c/o St. Croix Valley Foundation, 516 Second St #214
Hudson, WI 54016

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