Voting for community foundation’s grant challenge ends Aug. 31

You have until Sunday, Aug. 31, to vote for one of three proposals in the Saint Anthony Park Community Foundation’s 15th Anniversary Grant Challenge.

To celebrate 15 years of serving the community, the foundation announced the competition in May as a way to encourage fresh ideas for neighborhood initiatives. The foundation will grant $5,000 per year for three years to the winner. The top three entries in the contest include:

Shakespeare in the Park: An annual outdoor community theater that will provide performing art opportunities for all ages at a walking- and bike-friendly location. The project would be guided by Sam Bardwell, a Guthrie-trained actor, director and Shakespeare expert.

Transition Town All St. Anthony Park: This group has already started working on community-owned solar, local food production and preservation, and more. The grant would support broader community participation and communication through social media, internet and print for this group of neighbors working to make the community more resilient as it deals with challenges associated with global climate change. The grant would help with the creation of a community road map toward energy conservation that would also increase economic and infrastructure resilience, and enable the community to work and celebrate together across generations.

Mid-Continent Oceano-graphic Institute (formerly Rock Star Supply Co.): a nonprofit group at Raymond and University avenue that offers tutoring, writing development and homework help to students ages 6-18 from low-income households.

Vote at sapfoundation.org. Click on “Vote Now. Click here.” One vote per resident of District 12 is allowed. The competition winner will be announced at the foundation’s 15th Anniversary Party on Friday, Sept. 19, 7-10 p.m. at the Urban Growler Brewery & Tap Room, 2325 Endicott St.

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