Community Innovation Grant

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Description

Headwaters is offering Community Innovation grants two times this year through an ongoing partnership with the Bush Foundation. The project-specific grants support organizations to use problem solving processes that lead to more effective, equitable, and sustainable solutions. This grant allows communities to increase collective understanding of an issue, generate ideas, and/or test and implement solutions. 

You tell us about your community. It could be a neighborhood, town, or Native nation. It could be a community of common interest, such as environmental justice. Or, your community might  be centered around cultural identity like transgender youth. You’ll also tell us about your community’s unique challenges and opportunities. Your organization’s proposed project should use inclusive, collaborative, and resourceful processes.

Grant amount
Grants range from $500-$15,000. Applicant organizations decide how much funding to request, based on the scale and scope of the project.

Application dates
February 18, 2020  through 5 p.m. on March 17, 2020
Note: After March, the next opportunity to apply will be in July 2020

Criteria, Guidelines and Application Questions
Click here to download the full Community Innovation Grant Information Packet. 

Information Sessions
Wednesday, February 19th at 5:30 p.m. This will be a Zoom conference.
Wednesday, February 26th at 6 p.m. in person at HFJ's offices
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Notifications 
Applicants will find out whether their application was selected for funding in late June 2020.

Tips 
We strongly recommend attending an Information Session. Applicants will want to review the criteria and guidelines well in advance of the March 17 grant deadline. This way you can make sure your group meets eligibility requirements and funding criteria; and that you have time to get all of the required documents to complete the application. Program staff will not accept late or incomplete applications.

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Criteria

Selection Criteria

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

Fit with Community Innovation Grant Program
Does the project 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?

Implementation
Is the project plan thoughtful and realistic, and does it address the identified community need? Does the applicant have the capacity to execute the work effectively or have a plan to meet the needed capacity?

Impact
Is the project likely to make a significant, sustainable difference, now or in the future? Will the project inspire or inform others?

Portfolio
At least 50% of Community Innovation Grants will be projects that address racial and economic disparities. For the purposes of this grant program, we define this 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.

Theory of Change

    Additional Considerations
    We will seek a portfolio of Community Innovation Grantees with balance across:

    • Size of community impacted
    • Size of applicant organization
    • Size of grant request
    • Demographics of communities served
    • Organizations based in both rural and urban Minnesota
    • Type of issue addressed
    • We will favor/prioritize proposals with project budget sizes that are of appropriate scale to this $500 - $10,000 grant opportunity.

    Community Innovation 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 your organization has received a grant from Headwaters Foundation for Justice in the past, to be eligible you must not have any outstanding overdue final reports. 
    • If you have received a Headwaters’ Community Innovation Grant in the last 12 months, your project must be complete and your final report submitted in order to apply again.
    • Headwaters Foundation encourages emerging organizations to apply for funding.

    Community Innovation Grant Ineligibility

    • Individuals are ineligile 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. If you are applying to support a different project or for a different phase of the same project, you are eligible.
    • Incomplete or late applications are ineligible.
    • Organizations with outstanding reporting cannot apply for new funding.

    All Proposals Must Include:
    Answers to all application questions, detailed information about your project budget and the following attachments based on organization type. More information can be found in the information packet, a link to which can be found on the "Description" tab. 

    Required Attachments

    Groups/Organizations Applying with a Fiscal Sponsor:

    • Your most recent Organization Budget
    • Your Staff List –If you do not have paid staff, provide a list of your key volunteer leaders and/or decision-makers.
    • Your Board List –If you do not have a formal board, provide a list of your key volunteer leaders and/or decision-makers.
    • letter, dated within the last six months, from your fiscal sponsor's Executive Director verifying your fiscal relationship
    • Your fiscal sponsor's most recent audited financials (If your fiscal sponsor does not have audited financials, please provide their most recent 990.)
    • Your most recent year-end income and expense report
    • Your current balance sheet

    501(c)3 Organizations:

    • Most recent Organization Budget
    • Staff List –If you do not have paid staff, provide a list of your key volunteer leaders and/or decision makers
    • Board List
    • Your most recently completed 990 (or 990-EZ, or 990-N)

    Amount
    Applicants will request the amount needed for their Community Innovation project, within the $500-$10,000 range.

    The Bush Foundation’s Community Innovation Grants
    An organization can apply for and receive funding if selected for both a Headwaters Community Innovation Grant and a Bush Community Innovation Grant, as long as the funding is for different projects or a different phase of the same project. 

    The Bush Foundation offers Community Innovation Grants from $10,000 to $200,000. For details about the Bush Foundation Community Innovation Grant opportunity please visit their website here.

    Deadlines

    The current cycle of Community Innovation grants opens February 18th; the deadline is March 17th at 5 p.m. Central Time.

     

    How to Apply

    Headwaters accepts applications through our Grant Portal. 

    Information about the next application window will be available soon. 

    Information Sessions
    Wednesday February 19, 2020, 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
    Wednesday February 26, 2020, 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
    FAQ

    Information about the next application window will be available soon. 

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

    No, Headwaters Foundation does not use the Minnesota Common Grant Application. You must use Headwaters' Community Innovation Grant online application.

     

    We believe that the people most affected have the highest vested interest and are best able to make decisions that impact their lives.  Therefore, a community-led grantmaking committee make our funding decisions for the Community Innovation Grant program.

    If you would like to be involved with the Community Innovation Grants as a committee member responsible for grantee selection, please contact Senior Program Officer Melissa Rudnick

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

    Current Headwaters’ Community Innovation Grantees must submit all reports prior to re-applying for a new round.

    Current Giving Project Grant, or Fund of the Sacred Circle grantees are eligible to apply for the Community Innovation Grants.

    All proposals and attachments must be submitted through Headwaters online through our Grant Portal.

    Note to past and current grantees: If your organization has received a grant from Headwaters Foundation in the past, you must fulfill all reporting requirements in order to be eligible for additional funds.

    Groups/Organizations Applying with a Fiscal Sponsor:

    • Answers to all application questions
    • Your group/organization’s most recent Organization Budget
    • Your group/organization’s Project Budget
    • Your group/organization’s Staff List – If you do not have paid staff, provide a list of your key volunteer leaders and/or decision-makers.
    • Your group/organization’s Board List – If you do not have a formal board, provide a list of your key volunteer leaders and/or decision-makers.
    • letter, dated within the last six months, from your fiscal sponsor's Executive Director verifying your fiscal relationship
    • Your fiscal sponsor's most recent audited financials (If your fiscal sponsor does not have audited financials, please provide their most recent 990.)
    • Your group/organization’s year-end income and expense report
    • Your group/organization’s current balance sheet

    501(c)3 Organizations:

    • Answers to all application questions
    • Most recent Organization Budget
    • Project Budget 
    • Staff List – If you do not have paid staff, provide a list of your key volunteer leaders and/or decision makers
    • Board List

     

      Headwaters does not provide Community Innovation Grants over $10,000.

      The Bush Foundation provides Community Innovation Grants of $10,000 to $200,000. 

      Click here to be connected to the Bush Foundation.