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Student competition update: April 12, 2017

Future Oxford and Community Futures Oxford appreciate the strong support we received in promoting the Student Competition as part of the Future Oxford Expo on April 20, 2017. Unfortunately, there were not enough entries to hold the competition in 2017.


Want to win $800 cash? All it takes is one idea.

As a secondary school student in Oxford County, you are the future.

So naturally, Community Futures Oxford and Future Oxford want to hear from you. We want your ideas about creating a better, more sustainable community.

The Community Futures Oxford Student Competition challenges you to come up with one idea to meet one of the 70 actions in the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan. Check out the plan and start thinking about your ideas.

A project example could be:


Ensure that affordable, healthy food options are accessible to all residents.


  • To be Determined in conjunction with development of the Food Security Plan


  1. Promote backyard gardens, community gardens, and community food hubs in partnership with community partners and schools.

Remember, sustainability is all about balancing the needs of the community, environment and economy.

Competition Rules:

  • Contestants must be enrolled in a secondary school (grades 9-12) in Oxford County
  • Teams can have 1 (minimum) to 4 (maximum) members
  • All members must be from the same school
  • Students must complete online application and project planning documents
  • All programs must be original work
  • Provide an original program title
  • Must reference at least one community partner who could be involved in your project
  • Ideas must be practical and reasonable for the local community
  • Project must satisfy an action of the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan while meeting criteria of sustainability
  • Deadline for entries: March 31, 2017

Finalists to present at The Future Oxford Expo

Contest entries will be scored by Community Futures Oxford and four finalists will be selected and contacted by April 7, 2017.

Finalists will be invited to pitch their idea to a panel of judges at the Future Oxford Expo on April 20, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.

Presentations should be 3-5 minutes long and the judging panel may ask questions or provide feedback following their presentation.

After all of the finalists present, the judging panel will deliberate and a grand prize winner will be announced at around 4:00 p.m.

The grand prize is $800 from Student Competition sponsor Community Futures Oxford.


  • The winning team will receive a prize of $800
  • Secondary cash prizes available for finalists


Monetary prizes provided by event sponsor Community Futures Oxford

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Future Oxford Legacy Funding

The Future Oxford Legacy Fund provides seed funding to entrepreneurs, businesses and partnerships to develop new and sustainable opportunities that align with the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan.

Entries from the Community Futures Oxford Student Competition may be eligible for grant or loan funding to turn your concept into reality.

For more information about eligibility for this funding, visit the Future Oxford Legacy Fund page.



If you have further questions about the contest, send an email to

Information packages have been sent to each secondary school in Oxford County and class/group presentations about the contest can be arranged by calling Community Futures Oxford at 519-425-0401.

What is Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan?

The plan aims to improve quality of life for Oxford’s current and future generations, balancing economic, community and environmental interests. The plan outlines 16 goals like ensuring access to healthy food, reducing the amount of waste going to the landfill, or promoting art, recreation and culture.

Within the 16 goals are 70 actions to help achieve them.

Entries into the student competition should be ideas that address one or more of these actions to help the community work towards achieving sustainability success.

Review the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan