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Grants to Northfield, Minnesota Nonprofits, Schools,
and Agencies to Benefit Local Youth and Women

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Women in Northfield Giving Support (WINGS)

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Grants to Northfield, Minnesota qualified nonprofit organizations, public schools, and government organizations for programs in the areas of basic needs, entrepreneurship, mental and physical health, and education. Funding is intended to encourage women and youth of all cultures, denominations, and abilities to reach their full potential.

WINGS grants contribute to the health, safety, education, socialization, artistic growth, and economic stability of the community. WINGS strives to increase access to opportunity through grants to both new and existing projects, taking into consideration financial need, impact, and capacity building. WINGS encourages innovative initiatives.

Basic Needs
- Housing Stability: Provide shelter and/or housing services to women and youth who are homeless or are at risk of homelessness.
- Food Stability: Increase access to healthy food for women and youth.
- Economic Stability: Increase economic stability for women and youth.
- Safe Environments: Support safe environments for women and youth.
- Elderly: Support safe environments and increase housing, food, and economic stability for the elderly.

- Early Learning: Support early learning efforts in preschool and elementary school for children facing economic barriers or from under-represented populations.
- Out-of-School Programs: Support access for youth with economic barriers or from under-represented populations to quality out-of-school programs to enhance academics, athletics, or artistic endeavors.
- Special Needs or At-Risk Youth and Adults: Support the learning of vocational and life skills for special needs and/or at-risk youth and adults.
- Adult Learning: Support educational and developmental efforts of women facing economic barriers or from under-represented populations.

Physical and Mental Health
- Healthcare: Enable access to healthcare for women and youth who face economic barriers, a lack of insurance, or come from under-represented populations.
- Healthy Behaviors: Help engage youth and women in healthy, preventive behaviors.

- Technical Assistance: Support programs that deliver education and training to women and youth business owners/potential owners in areas such as business and financial planning, marketing, and operations.
- Networking and Mentoring: Increase access to networking, mentoring and collaborative opportunities for women and youth business owners/potential owners.
- Funding: Support organizations that provide access to funding for businesses to women and youth through micro-loans and/or micro-grants.

WINGS prefers to fund programs/projects that:
- Address financial need and increase access to opportunity.
- Offer a proactive, innovative approach to solving a community problem.
- Address systemic change.
- Build capacity by leveraging resources through partnerships with other funders.
- Enhance an organization’s abilities to carry out its mission.
- Result in tangible outcomes.
- Significantly impact the organization or the program.

Projects funded must benefit residents of the Northfield School District. Both the applicant organization and the project funded must comply with current legal requirements forbidding discrimination as to age, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability or national origin.

WINGS is a founding member of the “Northfield Promise: Every child. Cradle to career.” collective impact initiative. As such, WINGS seeks to align its funding to help more Northfield children and youth reach the 10 Northfield Promise benchmarks.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179900

Number of Grants:

Approximately 20 annual grants of varying amounts are given each year.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants are of varying dollar amounts. Please note that there is a grant minimum of $250 per agency. Multiple grants from the same agency can be combined to reach the $250 minimum.

Term of Contract:

Grants must be spent during the year received.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

WINGS gives grants to qualified nonprofit organizations, public schools, and government organizations for the purpose of general community support.

Grants will not be awarded for any of the following purposes: endowment campaigns, debt reduction, lobbying or sectarian purposes/programs. In addition, the Foundation typically will not award for capital development/improvement projects.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications will be accepted from January 12, 2018, until March 19, 2018.

Grants are awarded in June.

The WINGS Grant Application consists of two parts:
- When applying for multiple grants, the applicant needs to submit a new Online Data Form with each application.
- Applications should be saved as a PDF and emailed to Alice Carson. Enter both the name of the applicant's organization and the project title in the subject line of the email. Verification that the grant application was received will be emailed to the applicant by March 30.

Contact Grants Chair, Alice Carson with any questions.

Online Data Form:

Northfield Promise Benchmarks:

Contact Information:

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

Alice Carson

P.O. Box 845
Northfield, MN 55057

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota: Northfield