Big Little Idea Contest

Eligibility & Rules

  1. Six individuals, not-for-profits, or teams, are eligible to win $500 each to implement their Big Little Idea.
  2. The contest is open to Brighton residents of all ages living within the city limits.
  3. Children under 18 must have a parent or guardian sign the submission form.
  4. For-Profit businesses are not eligible to participate.
  5. City of Brighton employees are not eligible to participate.
  6. Applications must be completed and submitted to the city no later than April 1, 2017.
  7. Ideas must be implemented within the city limits of Brighton.
  8. Application proposals must include an overview of the Idea, a timeline for completion, and an estimated budget.
  9. If an idea has a design element, contestants need to submit a sketch of their design with their application to be approved by the City of Brighton's Public Information Office.
  10. The idea must be completed by December 16, 2017.
  11. If the idea is not implemented by December 16, the money must be returned to the City of Brighton by December 21, 2017.
  12. Contestants who do not use all of the $500 prize money to complete their projects must return the remaining money to the City of Brighton by December 21, 2017.
  13. Prize money must be used for materials, supplies, fabrication and services related to completing the project where a receipt may be submitted. Money cannot be used for project member services.
  14. Contestants will be allowed to add their own money and/or donations to their projects after they spend the awarded $500.
  15. A final accounting for all funds used in the project must be submitted at time of completion. This should include copies of receipts. Please shop Brighton!
  16. To be eligible, contestants must sign a general “Terms & Conditions” agreement including a release of liability, a declaration that no copyrighted materials will be used, a parent or adult legal guardian release if applicable, and a promotional agreement.


The winners will be chosen by a judging panel consisting of City Council Members and appointed members. Winners will be selected based on the following criteria:
a. Originality
b. Connection to the community
c. Creativity
To ensure equal representation throughout the community, winners may be determined by Ward boundaries.

2017 Timeline

January 9 – Contest opens to the public
April 1 – Submission form deadline
April 10 – Judging week
April 14 – Winners announced
May 2 – Winners will be recognized at City Council meeting
December 16 – Completion of project due