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The mission of the Cook County Chamber of Commerce is to be the representative voice of county for-profit and non-profit businesses in working to improve the county economy and to address pressing county socioeconomic issues.
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Great Place Project 2016 Applications Available

Third Year of the Great Place Project: Applications available now

Individuals, businesses and community organizations are invited to submit applications now for funding from the 2016 Great Place Project, a joint program of the Cook County Chamber of Commerce and the Moving Matters project of the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, with new support this year from the Minnesota Power Foundation.

Applications are being accepted for stipends of $250 to $1,250 for low-cost, high-impact public projects to make a place great. The application is available online at becausemovingmatters.org/greatplaceproject/ or paper copies are available at the Cook County Chamber of Commerce (15 N. Broadway, Grand Marais). Deadline for applications is March 31, 2016. For more information, contact the Chamber at ccchamber@boreal.org or 218-387-2079.

A Great Place is one that is inviting, beautiful and catches the eye.  A Great Place encourages people to slow down and spend time there. A Great Place reflects the unique character and identity of the community. Past projects have ranged from the Betsy Bowen painted steelhead on the Como Oil propane tank in Grand Marais and the Tom Christensen plaid moose sculpture in Lutsen to benches, flower gardens and Little Free Libraries. Learn more about what has been funded by visiting becausemovingmatters.org/greatplaceproject/

For the 2016 round of funding, our theme is “Playability.” Projects that enhance or create a place that welcomes people with a playfulness or whimsy, especially for children and families, will be favored. In addition, this year we seek projects which can demonstrate that they will have significant visual impact and will inspire physical activity. Projects that entice children and families to run and play and laugh, for example, will score high on our review, as will projects that create beauty with sufficient “pop” that they cause people to stop for a longer look.

The Great Place Project is sponsored by the Cook County Chamber of Commerce and the Moving Matters project of the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, with additional funding from the Minnesota Power Foundation and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota's Center for Prevention.

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