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After providing seed money, networking opportunities and momentum to new initiatives like the Oshkosh Food Co-op and Growing Oshkosh in its first two years of existence, the American Democracy Project at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and its partners are excited to announce the opening of the third annual Creating a Stronger Community Contest.

Click here for more details and the Contest Entry Form

Applicants can be anyone from the Oshkosh area community (students, UW Oshkosh faculty or staff, Oshkosh area volunteer agencies, Oshkosh community members, etc.).

All applications are due on September 29, 2013 (submitted electronically). They will be reviewed by a committee, and the finalists will present their project during Earth Charter Week (first week in October) with a chance to win seed money (various awards have been given out in the first two years, with the top projects getting $1,700+) to help jumpstart their projects.

Those in attendance at the finals event will be able to vote for their favorite project after pitching in a nominal amount toward the award pool. This unconventional, fun-filled contest allows members of the Oshkosh community to create homegrown projects that will positively affect the community. It also allows UW Oshkosh and Oshkosh community members to be a part of the process in selecting the winner.

Anyone with questions should contact  Paul Van Auken, Ph.D., of the Sociology and Environmental Studies faculty at or by phone at 920.424.2038.

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