Great Idea Competition

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


What would you do with up to $10,000 to make your community better? Stillwater Area 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 underserved 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 of more of these communities…

Project ideas must benefit a community within the Stillwater Area Foundation’s service parameters: Bayport, Baytown Township, Grant, Lake Elmo, Marine on St. Croix, May Township (including Withrow), Oak Park Heights, Stillwater and West Lakeland Township (north of Highway 94).

Want to apply? Tell us your idea.

Great Idea applications are accepted every year from January 1 through April 1. Top entrants may be asked to present their Great Idea at Stillwater Area Foundation’s April board meeting. The winner will be announced in mid-May.

Click here for the application form.

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

Submit applications by mail:

Stillwater Area Foundation
1809 Northwestern Avenue
Stillwater, MN 55082

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