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Community Innovation Grant

Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits for Projects
Addressing the Needs of Local Communities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Headwaters Foundation for Justice and Bush Foundation

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Deadline Date:

05/16/19 5:00 PM


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Grants ranging from $500 to $10,000 to Minnesota nonprofit organizations for projects that meet the needs of local communities. Funding is intended to support projects that encourage communities to employ problem-solving approaches resulting in more equitable, effective, and sustainable solutions.

Community Innovation Grants allow communities to increase collective understanding of an issue, generate ideas, and/or test and implement solutions. The Foundation is open to projects that address all sorts of community needs and opportunities. In addition, projects can be at various stages of the problem-solving process, including identifying the need. Proposals can focus on one area or span multiple stages.

The Foundation looks to applicants to identify and define their 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.

Projects must use inclusive, collaborative, and resourceful processes, defined as follows:

- 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

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grant Eligibility:
- 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.
- If an applicant has received a Headwaters’ Community Innovation Grant in the last 12 months, the project must be complete and the final report submitted in order to apply again.
- Headwaters Foundation encourages emerging organizations to apply for funding.

- Individuals are ineligible to apply. These grants are designed to support organizations.
- Grants cannot be used for partisan efforts.
- Organizations that have received funding from the Bush Foundation's Community Innovation Grant program for the same work. Applicants who are applying to support a different project or for a different phase of the same project are eligible.

Pre-Application Information:

Community Innovation Grants are offered three times per year. Applications for the next round of Community Innovation Grant open Thursday, May 2nd at 9 am.

Applicants must use the Headwaters' Community Innovation Grant online application. All applications must be complete and submitted by 5 pm on Thursday, May 16th for consideration.

Headwaters will notify applicants approximately four months after the application deadline.

Contact Information:

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

Online application portal:

For program-related information, please contact:

Melissa Rudnick, Senior Program Officer
(Subject=Questions about Community Innovation Grant)

For questions about accessing and navigating the Grant Portal:

Noelle Martinez, Grants and Program Associate

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota