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The 4th annual Creating a Stronger Community Contest (CSCC) is happening during Earth Week again this year.

Sponsored by the American Democracy Project and the Earth Week Committee at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, and bolstered by a group of University Studies Program Quest III students who are working on planning and promoting it, the purpose of the CSCC is to generate excitement and action around community-building projects in Oshkosh via a contest through which the person or group responsible for the idea is awarded a cash grant and momentum to implement the idea. Any group or individual from the UWO or Oshkosh community can apply.

Each year, the winners have received at least $1,500 in grassroots seed money and support, and runners-up have also been funded. Last year, HOME took the title and has since been busy helping low-income homeowners with home repairs, and the prior year, Growing Oshkosh, a local, sustainable farm took the title, with UWO sober party group Party.0 being the runner-up.

Have a good idea that could help improve local quality of life with some seed money and support? Consider pitching it! The brief online proposal form is due by April 19.

A screening committee will review the proposals and choose finalists, which will be announced at the Earth Week, which is the week of April 20. The banquet will be held on the evening of April 21. Anyone who comes to the free finals event at Becket’s Center Court from 7-9 p.m. on April 23 will be able to vote for the winner after contributing $5 (for students) or $10, grassroots funding that will go straight to the winner, who goes home with a pile of cash.


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