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Vote for the Top Five Finalists of the Idea Tournament

Winner Awarded $5,000 Grant for Community Project


Several hundred San Diegans cast votes to decide the five finalists for the Idea Tournament.

The following groups will be competing for a $5,000 grant from the Malin Burnham Center for Civic Engagement:


- City Heights Town Council

North Park Community Association 

Reality Changers

- San Diego Community Garden Network

- St, Mark’s Church – City Heights


You can read the full proposals here. Remember: you can cast your vote in person at Politifest starting at 1pm for the project of your choice.



Community organizations across San Diego were invited to submit a proposal for a local improvement project that can be accelerated or advanced with a $5,000 grant made possible by the Malin Burnham Center for Civic Engagement.



Project Requirements:

  • Group submitting proposal must provide verification of their ability to represent the community and execute the project. Eligible organizations include: Community Planning Groups, Town/Community Councils, Civic Associations, Business Improvement Groups, Rec Councils, PTA’s, Kiwanis and Rotary groups, among others.
  • Must be able to complete the project with $5,000; however, the project can be a smaller component of a larger scale plan i.e. an environmental impact study or awareness campaign.
  • Project must be a community improvement or enhancement that will benefit the residents in that neighborhood.
  • Project/project component must be completed within 12 months of disbursement of grant, with an accompanying report of the project completion.


Selection Process:

  • Proposals must include: a 300-word project overview outlining the community need; a project timeline; the overall project budget. Graphic representation and/or video components are highly encouraged.
  • A minimum of three worthwhile community projects must be presented in order to hold the tournament.
  • The top five community organizations will present their plans in person to a live audience and judging panel at Politifest on Saturday, August 3.
  • Winner will be selected based on determination of a panel of judges.
  • Projects will be judged on the impact to the community in question, the broader benefit to San Diego and the capacity for replication across the region.
  • If no projects meet the criteria, VOSD has the right to withhold any award/grant.



  • The winner of the Idea Tournament will receive a $5,000 grant for their project, along with space on the VOSD website dedicated to periodic project updates.
  • The first runner-up will have access to a professional service that will benefit their organization or project (website help, grant-making consultation, meeting with land-use expert, etc.)
  • The second-runner up will receive a community clean-up for their neighborhood, which will be actively promoted to VOSD membership for possible participation.



Please email politifest@gmail.com or call Zack at 619-550-5664 if you have any questions about the Idea Tournament.


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Nathan Fletcher on Politifest 2012