Headwaters Introduces Community Innovation Grant Recipients

Headwaters Introduces Community Innovation Grant Recipients

An ongoing partnership with the Bush Foundation supports creative problem solving

Headwaters Foundation for Justice awarded $177,000 to 18 Minnesota-based organizations through its Community Innovation Grant program. The one-year, project-based grants ranged from $500 to $10,000 and were made possible by an ongoing partnership with the Bush Foundation.

The investments help communities find more effective, equitable, and sustainable solutions to their challenges and opportunities. “Headwaters knows that the people who are closest to challenges are also closest to answers,” says David Nicholson, the Foundation’s Executive Director, “We’re excited to invest in these community-driven solutions.”  

The 18 Community Innovation Grant recipients (and the cities they are headquartered in) are:

Autism Society of Minnesota

Saint Paul

Brownbody

Vadnais Heights

Elliot Park Neighborhood, Inc.

Minneapolis

Foster Advocates

Saint Paul

Isuroon

Minneapolis

Minnesota Host Home Network

Minneapolis

Minnesota Leadership Council on Aging

North Saint Paul

Nokomis East Neighborhood Association

Minneapolis

OutFront Minnesota Community Services

Minneapolis

Sakan Community Resource

Bloomington

St. Paul Youth Services

Saint Paul

TakeAction MN

Saint Paul

The Cedar Cultural Center

Minneapolis

The Enitan Story

Fridley

Toxic Taters Coalition

Callaway

Unite Cloud

Saint Cloud

Urban Homeworks, Inc.

Minneapolis

Women’s Advocates, Inc.

Saint Paul

While headquartered cities are listed above, several grantee organizations serve communities throughout Minnesota.

Applicants were asked to define their community, identify a challenge or opportunity, and outline their proposed solution. Throughout November, a committee of community members reviewed applications against program criteria and made funding recommendations to the Headwaters Board of Directors.

Headwaters accepts Community Innovation Grant applications online three times per year. The first round of 2019 will open on Wednesday, January 9th at 9 a.m. Program staff will host three hour-long information sessions. The first is scheduled for Monday, January 7th at 6 p.m.; the second is set for Friday, January 11th at 11:30 a.m.; and the third will be at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, January 15th. Visit our events page for registration details, including where each session will be held.  

Applications are due Wednesday, January 23rd at 5 p.m. Program staff cannot accept late submissions. Organizations that are interested in a Community Innovation Grants between $10,000 and $200,000 should apply through the Bush Foundation.