YorIT is at it again.
For the second year, the philanthropic organization is running its social venture challenge to find and fund ideas that advance economic development in York County.
YorIT, a York County Community Foundation group made up of philanthropists in their 30s and 40s, will award up to $20,000 in grant money to a nonprofit organization that presents the best new and creative idea for attracting people and businesses downtown.
"A social venture combines the energy of the entrepreneur with nonprofit partners to provide public good for social change," said Mandy Arnold, chair of YorIT's social venture committee, in a statement.
To enter: The deadline for submitting proposals by video is 5 p.m. Feb. 3. Ideas must be compelling, financially feasible and achievable through business planning, said Tracy Daniels, the community foundation's managing director of marketing and communications.
Video entries should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, along with a required cover sheet, proposed project budget and documentation outlining the credential of key project leaders.
YorIT's social venture committee will narrow down which project proposals will be finalists. Group members will vote on which project wins the challenge, Daniels said.
Last year, the challenge was won by Healthy World Café, a café designed to provide meals to people for a suggested donation instead of paying a cashier a set price.
Patrick Walker of Healthy World Café said the café is exploring the possibility of opening full time at Central Market since the site has a full kitchen already available for use.
For now, the money awarded to the café from YorIT last year is being held in a savings account, and the café's board keeps in touch with YorIT through regular reports and updates, said Walker.
Healthy World Café is an umbrella philanthropic organization and has been waiting to obtain its nonprofit organization status from the government.