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Community Innovation Grant

Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits for Programs
Addressing a Variety of Community Needs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Headwaters Foundation for Justice and Bush Foundation

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Deadline Date:

01/23/19 5:00 PM


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Grants ranging from $500 to $10,000 to Minnesota nonprofits for programs which may support a wide variety of community needs. Funding is intended to support projects which will encourage communities to use problem-solving approaches that result in more effective, equitable, and sustainable solutions.

This grant opportunity allows communities to increase collective understanding of an issue, generate ideas, and/or test and implement solutions. No specific issues are prioritized, and the Foundation is open to projects that address all sorts of community needs.

The Foundation looks to you to identify and define your community. For example, this could be a geographic community (e.g. neighborhood, town, state, or Native nation) and/or it could be a community of common interest and/or racial/cultural identity.

In addition, projects can be at various stages of the problem-solving process including identifying the need, increasing collective understanding of the issue, generating ideas, or testing and implementing solutions. Proposals can focus on one area or span multiple stages.

Projects should use inclusive, collaborative, and resourceful processes:

- Inclusive: Meaningfully engaging key stakeholders – thoughtfully identifying those needed to create the intended change and including those directly affected by the problem.

- Collaborative: A true joint effort, with partners willing to share ownership and decision-making as they pursue an innovation together.

- Resourceful: Using existing resources and assets creatively to make the most of what a community already has.

- Innovative: Leads to a community innovation – breakthrough in addressing a community need or opportunity that is more effective, equitable, or sustainable than existing approaches.

At least 50% of Community Innovation Grants will be projects that address racial and economic disparities. For the purpose of this grant program, this is defined as proposals that seek to actively reduce structural and/or systemic gaps in access, outcomes, opportunities, or treatment based on race/ethnicity or economic standing.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173004

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants can request the amount needed for their Community Innovation project, within the $500 to $10,000 range.

Term of Contract:

The project or process must be completed within one year. The project can be a one year phase of a multi-year initiative.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be selected for funding, organizations must be a legally incorporated entity with 501(c)(3) status. Organizations with a fiscal agent are also eligible to apply. Organizations must carry out their work in Minnesota.

Headwaters does not fund individuals. Headwaters’ support cannot be used for partisan efforts.

If you are a current Community Innovation Grantee through Headwaters Foundation for Justice, your organization needs to have all reports submitted prior to re-applying for the next round of Community Innovation Grants.

Headwaters Foundation encourages emerging organizations to apply for funding.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicants are highly encouraged grant applicants to attend an information session.

Community Innovation Grant Information Session - Monday January 7, 2019, 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
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- Community Innovation Grant Information Session - Friday January 11, 2019, 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
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- Community Innovation Grant Information Session - Tuesday January 15, 2019, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
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Pre-Application Information:

Applications for the next round of Community Innovation Grants will open on Wednesday January 9, 2019 at 9 a.m. and close on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 5 p.m.

-All applicants are encouraged to submit their materials in advance of the deadline.
-All applications must be completed online.
-Headwaters will notify applicants approximately four months after the application deadline.

How to apply:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

For questions about grant criteria and eligibility:
Allison Johnson Heist
Senior Program Officer, Learning and Leadership
(612) 400-6264

For questions about accessing and navigating the web portal:
Noelle Martinez, Grants and Program Associate
(612) 400-6262

Headwaters Foundation for Justice
2801 21st Avenue South, Suite 132B
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55407

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota