Guidelines

The mission of Northfield Shares is to sustain and transform the Northfield community by advancing philanthropy, inspiring volunteerism and promoting collaborative leadership. One primary way we advance our mission is to award grants on a yearly basis to organizations working in Northfield to enhance our community.

While most of our endowed funds do not restrict the types of projects or organizations that may receive a grant, others have targeted areas of focus designated by the donors. All grants are recommended by the Board of Northfield Shares.

Our Guiding Principles

  • We believe in serving with integrity, accountability and transparency to adhere to high ethical standards.
  • We believe in effective and responsible management of financial resources and community.
  • We believe in collaborative and collective impact.

Our grants will be made to organizations that pursue solutions to core problems and issues affecting our larger community, not those that address the consequences or the victims of such problems. We will consider proposals that represent broad and comprehensive options that are consistent with our guiding principles.

In making grants, the Northfield Shares Grants Committee and Board will be guided by the following general policies and considerations:

  • Grants will be made to organizations that will use the funds to benefit the residents of the Northfield area, defined by the Northfield School District boundaries.
  • Grants will be awarded for projects that create long-term solutions, enhance the overall well-being of our community and generate the biggest multiplier effect.
  • Grants are available once a year and are made for one year with applications: received by October 15, awards announced in December, paid early in the new year—typically January.
  • Grants are made only to tax-exempt institutions or agencies; no grants are made directly to individuals.
  • Northfield Shares operates without discrimination as to age, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, handicap or national origin in the consideration of grant requests.

Northfield Shares is particularly interested in funding:

  • Projects that facilitate cooperation and collaboration between and among organizations in the Northfield area. In fact, this year we have set aside additional funding for projects that demonstrate Collaborative Leadership effortsAccording to author David Chriship, collaborative leadership is an innovative way of building partnerships to solve the civic problems too big for anyone to solve alone as well as a type of leadership that brings together diverse stakeholders to solve a community’s problems.
  • Projects that encourage volunteerism and involve stakeholders in the implementation of the grant.
  • Projects that provide leverage for generating other funds and community resources for the Northfield area, including matching or supplemental funds.
  • Beautification projects with special consideration given to sustainable projects that protect and enhance the environment.
  • Projects that will support youth and young adults in the Northfield area to reach their full potential.

No grants will be made for the following types of projects unless there are compelling reasons to do so:

  • Support for general operating expenses
  • Basic municipal services
  • Purchasing real estate
  • Endowment campaigns
  • Previously incurred debt
  • Sectarian religious programs
  • For-profit organizations
  • Lobbying

Our Process

The online grant application will open on September 1.

Once a completed grant application is received, careful consideration is given to each request. The Grants Committee reviews the proposal for:

  • Adherence to our guidelines
  • Demonstrated need
  • Ethical practices
  • Fiscal responsibility
  • Ability to achieve project goals

The committee presents its recommendations to the Northfield Shares Board for final review. Each recommendation is reviewed by the Board in terms of its general eligibility and conformity to the grant guidelines, the available funds and project feasibility. We operate based on principles of integrity, trust, transparency and accountability.

We expect grantees to:

  • Report back to Northfield Shares by completing the Final Grant Report by the end of our grant cycle (September 30), and send it along with photos of your project to mikekrance@northfieldshares.org.
  • Return any unused funds at the end of the grant cycle unless the grant recipient has been given an extension in writing.