Meet the Latest Community Innovation Grant Program Recipients

Headwaters Foundation for Justice (HFJ) awarded $137,500 to 14 organizations through our Community Innovation Grant program. The one-year, project-based grants were made possible by an ongoing partnership with Saint Paul-based Bush Foundation.

The investments are designed to help communities across Minnesota find more effective, equitable, and sustainable solutions to challenges and opportunities. “I’m inspired once again to see a new group of mission-aligned grantee partners,” said Executive Director David Nicholson, “I know it’s thanks to great applications and the thoughtful grantmaking work being led by and for people in our community.”

The 14 Community Innovation Grant recipients (and the cities they are headquartered in) are:

Bdote Learning Center
Grassroots Indigenous Media NEW TO HFJ
Hispanic Outreach Program of Goodhue
Red Wing
Immigrant Development Center
Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project
KOOTASCA Community Action
Grand Rapids
Manidoo Ogitigaan NEW TO HFJ
Minnesota Communities Caring for Children NEW TO HFJ
Saint Paul
Restaurant Opportunities Center of Minnesota NEW TO HFJ
Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment
Somali Artifact and Cultural Museum
Tri-County Action Program, Inc. NEW TO HFJ
Waite Park
Uprising Theatre Company NEW TO HFJ

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

HFJ accepts Community Innovation Grant applications online three times per year. The second round of 2019 will open on Thursday, May 2nd at 9 a.m. Program staff will host three hour-long information sessions—a mix of in-person a conference calls—throughout the application period. The first is scheduled for Wednesday, May 1st at Noon; the second is on Wednesday, May 8th at 6 p.m.; and the third is on Friday, May 10th at 11 a.m. Visit our events page for registration details.

Applications are due in the grant portal by Thursday, May 16th at 5 p.m. Visit our program page for more information, including the application and its instructions. Organizations that are interested in grants between $10,000 and $200,000 should apply directly through the Bush Foundation.

All information session, application, and deadline times are listed as Central.