Early in 2020, the AACF approved a $1,000 grant to support the BIG Idea Competition, a statewide high school business idea contest based in Aberdeen.

The grant allows the competition to upgrade its online platform. The BIG Idea annually attracts hundreds of entries from students around the state, all of which are submitted online. The upgrade will improve the students’ experience. Entries are reviewed by volunteer judges, and finalists present at a final event held in Aberdeen in December where they compete for cash prizes and scholarships.