Meet the Latest Community Innovation Grant Program Recipients

Exciting news! We awarded $120,000 to 12 organizations through our Community Innovation Grant program. The one-year, project-based grants ranged from $500 to $10,000 and are made possible by an ongoing partnership with the Bush Foundation.

The investments will help Minnesota communities find more effective, equitable, and sustainable solutions to challenges and opportunities. “Headwaters is here to support the best of community-centered problem solving, and it's clear these organizations are leading that work,” said David Nicholson, Headwaters Foundation Executive Director.

The 12 Community Innovation Grant recipients (and the cities they are headquartered in) are:

4-Directions Development, Inc. (Red Lake)
APIA MN Film Collective (Saint Paul)
Black Visions Collective (Minneapolis)
Central Minnesota Sexual Assault Center (Saint Cloud)
Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha (Minneapolis)
Family Tree, Inc. (Saint Paul)
Native America Community Development Institute    (Minneapolis)
New Arab American Theater Works (Minneapolis)
RECLAIM (Saint Paul)
Solutions Not Suspensions Coalition (Minneapolis)
Trans United (Minneapolis)
WaterLegacy (Fond Du Lac)

Applicants were asked to define their community, identify a challenge or opportunity, and outline their proposed solution. Throughout July, 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 third and final round of 2018 will open on Thursday, September 13 at 9 a.m. Program staff will host three hour-long information sessions next month. The first is scheduled for Thursday, September 6 at 5:30 p.m.; the second is set for Minneapolis on Monday, September 17 at 6 p.m.; and the third will be on Thursday, September 20 at Noon. Visit our events page for registration details.

Applications are due Thursday, September 27 at 5 p.m. . Grantseekers will find a new, user-friendly application system. Instructions will be included in the application. Visit our program page for more information. Organizations that are interested in grants between $10,000 and $200,000 should apply through the Bush Foundation.