2018 Northfield Shares Grants Awarded
Northfield Shares distributed $62,300 in grants to fund 13 different projects by 12 local nonprofit organizations. A total of 29 grant applications were submitted requesting a total of $164,956.
The 2018 grant awards are made possible through the Bill Clifford Family Legacy Fund; Nutting Beautification Fund; Grace Whittier Fund, Northfield Area Foundation Fund, Nutting Family Fund, Marston Headley and Dorothy Stone Headley Fund, Street Family fund, and the Ames Fund of the Minneapolis Foundation.
Since the 2007-2008 grant cycle when the organization was called the Northfield Area Foundation, through the current 2017-2018 grant cycle, Northfield Shares has provided more than $487,000 in funding to local nonprofit organizations. In addition, last year Northfield Shares also enabled people to provide $231,000 in grants through their donor advised funds. Those grants not only supported the Northfield community, but organizations throughout Minnesota and across the country as well.
Note: Grant descriptions were excerpted from grant applications.
Grants funded by the Bill Clifford Family Legacy Fund:
Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) —YouthBank— $5,000
- YouthBank is an HCI-supported, innovative philanthropy program in which a team of trained grant makers—ages 14-19—awards funds to youth-led projects that improve the quality of life for youth in the community.
TORCH (Tackling Obstacles, Raising College Hopes) —Northfield Community College— $5,000, plus a$10,000 Collaborative Leadership grant funded by the Ames Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation
- A collaboration of the Northfield TORCH program, the Northfield Area Learning Center (ALC), Northfield High School, the Northfield Union of Youth (the Key), and Dakota County Adult Basic Education, Northfield Community College is a satellite campus of Riverland Community College. This grant will help further establish and expand post-secondary opportunities for youth who have recently graduated from high school as well as those students who have been out of school for a number of years. Funding will help expand the number of classes available in Northfield, thereby increasing the number of students who can attend.
Grants funded by the Nutting Beautification Fund:
Defeat of Jesse James Days, Inc. — Community Bleachers — $7,000
- Grant will be used in making the new bleachers in Babcock Park ADA accessible, creating a safe venue throughout the year. The goal is to increase the usage of the venue for city functions and by other organizations in the Northfield area.
Northfield Garden Club —Northfield in Bloom (NIB)— $3,500
- NIB was created to enhance all beautification efforts in Northfield. Highlights of NIB’s projects this year include: floral displays and landscaping maintenance; observation structure, signage and education materials for the Children’s Pollinator Garden; beautification of utility boxes in Ames Park; and a benches program.
Grants funded by the Grace Whittier Fund:
Northfield Youth Sports Collaborative —Leveraging Support for a More Sustainable— $3,400
- Matching funds will support scholarships that provide assistance with registration fees toward local youth sports organizations.
Grants funded by Undesignated Funds (Northfield Area Foundation Fund, Nutting Family Fund, Marston Headley and Dorothy Stone Headley Fund, and the Street Family Fund):
Community Action Center (CAC) of Northfield —Northfield Works— $8,000
- Funding will support a workplace diversity training program to foster cultural understanding and increase overall productivity and employee retention. This project integrates cultural understanding into our community through the additional engagement of volunteer Community Employer Liaisons. Liaisons will serve as a bridge between Northfield Works and its clients, partner employers, service provider partners and the community at large.
Girl Scouts —ConnectZ Program — $1,000
- Grant will support Girl Scouts ConnectZ, a dedicated, culturally-responsive leadership program that helps local girls learn, grow and build skills for a successful future. ConnectZ partners with schools and community sites, like Jefferson Square and the PLUS program at Greenvale Park Elementary School, to bring the program to girls where they are, at no cost to participants or their families.
Greenvale Park Community School —Filling the Gaps— $10,000
- Greenvale Park Community School expects to serve more than 500 students within the next year through after-school programming, evening programming for the entire family, mentoring, medical/dental services, access to food/nutrition, and programming during summer and winter breaks. Grant will help fill financial gaps for programming costs.
Greenvale Park Community School —Spanish Language Library— $1,000
- As Northfield schools strive to improve reading scores among EL (English learner) students, it seems that one of the best ways to get this demographic reading more is to help foster a love of reading at home. A love for reading cannot grow without access to books, and so this grant will enable the school to start a small, easily accessible library of Spanish-language books for adults.
HealthFinders Collaborative (HFC) —HealthRise Care Coordination & Community Healthworker Program— $3,500
- Funding will support HFC’s HealthRise, a unique care coordination program that allows both community-based health workers and clinical staff to collaborate to provide seamless, culturally responsive care. The care coordination project serves Northfield residents by improving disease management and prevention, reducing fragmentation across health care systems, and broadening HFC’s existing model uniting clinical and community-based health and wellness programming.
Northfield Art’s Guild —Creating Mental Wellness through Pura Vida Program— $1,500
- Grant will fund a collaborative effort between the Guild, HealthFinders Collaborative and Greenvale Park Community School to offer arts classes under Pura Vida programming. These classes, taught in both Spanish and English, will support mental wellness through interpersonal connections and art making.
Northfield Hospital & Clinics —Advance Care Planning Initiative— $1,000
- The Northfield Advance Care Planning Initiative is a collaborative movement to build awareness of the importance of engaging in conversation about future care preferences. Funding will help create a library of educational resources, community information materials, and help offset facilitator training costs for participating organizations with limited funds.
Project Friendship —Everyone Needs a Mentor— $1,400
- Project Friendship’s expansion program, Everyone Needs a Mentor/I had a Mentor, sought a matching grant for Cultural Liaison and Program Director positions. The Cultural Liaison will expand communication efforts to engage Spanish-speaking families and encourage participation in the program, and then manage the additional mentoring relationships that result from the outreach.