Sometimes, it pays to have a good idea in York City.

As they've done for the past five years, the folks of YorIT are looking to fund a creative, high-impact project that would invigorate downtown York.

A maximum of $20,000 is up for grabs. YorIT, a York County Community Foundation committee of philanthropists, could choose to divide that money among multiple ideas.

Each year, applicants submit short YouTube videos outlining their ideas. The committee then narrows the list to finalists, who submit fuller proposals.

The deadline to submit videos is 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17. More information, including a preliminary application, is available at

YorIT plans to choose a winner in the spring.

Last year, the committee awarded $20,000 to CoWork155, a membership-based workspace for entrepreneurs, telecommuters, freelancers, sales executives and others who work from home.

The facility at 155 W. Market St. opened in June.

The winner of the first YorIT challenge in 2010 was Downtown Inc for an outdoor summer concert series. Other past winners include Healthy World Cafe, a restaurant that provides meals for a suggested donation instead of a set price, and the Parliament, a local group that promotes York's art and music scene.

-- Reach Erin James at