Got 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 sixth annual Great Idea Competition. The organization wants to hear from individuals, groups, businesses, and troops 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 the 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.

Great Idea applications can benefit any of the communities within the Stillwater Area Foundation’s service area: Stillwater, 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 2017 Great Idea Competition grant was awarded to an energetic team of local citizens to Beautify the Stillwater Stairs. 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. An additional grant was awarded to help bring the River City Sculpture Tour to downtown Stillwater. Previous winners have included the Stillwater Dog Park and the Pollinator Friendly Alliance.

Applications for the 2018 Great Idea Challenge must be submitted by April 15, 2018.  For more information and the application, visit

The Stillwater Foundation is a community foundation affiliated with the St. Croix Valley Foundation.


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