Northfield Shares Announces 2019-20 Grant Recipients
Northfield Shares will distribute $44,069 in grants to 12 recipients. The organizations and their respective programs receiving grants are highlighted below. A total of 21 grant applications were submitted with requests for $107,142. The 2019-20 grant awards are made possible through the Grace Whittier Fund, Bill Clifford Fund, Nutting Family Fund, Nutting Beautification Fund, the Marston Headley & Dorothy Stone Headley Fund, and the Street Family Fund.
Since the 2007-2008 grant cycle when the organization was called the Northfield Area Foundation, through the current 2019-20 grant cycle, Northfield Shares has provided more than $597,000 in funding to local nonprofit organizations.
Note: Grant descriptions were taken from grant applications.
Northfield Promise – kaBOOM – Awarded: $8,500
KaBOOM! is a national nonprofit that helps build large, innovative playground areas in neighborhoods that otherwise lack these play resources. As part of its national partnership, KaBOOM! decided to award playgrounds in 2019-20 to three communities in the StriveTogether national network. Through Northfield Promise, Northfield is one of the 70 cities in the nation that is part of StriveTogether (and, thus, was eligible to apply for this opportunity). Fall of 2019 Northfield Promise learned that Northfield is one of the three communities receiving a playground to be built on the north end of the city! The value of the playground project is up to $300,000! The host community needs to recruit 250 volunteers to help with the Build Day and provide $8,500 in local cash match. This grant was funded by: The Nutting Beautification Fund.
Northfield Union of Youth – New Beginnings Northfield – Awarded: $3,000
2019 was a time of tremendous growth for the Northfield Union of Youth (formerly known as The Key) Housing Initiative for youth. NUY has an active Housing Youth Board comprised of youth who have experienced homelessness and housing insecurity as well as allies, and the program is informed by their lived experiences every step of the way. The Wallflower Project recruits, trains, and supports host homes who take young people in for free for respite or extended time periods. Providing a supportive home with stability and security is the first step in correcting years of trauma, but only a first step. NUY also provides case management for the youth, supporting them as they take steps towards their vision of their future and permanent independent living. In the fall of 2019 NUY had a caseload of 9 young people who were being helped, with more being added to the program weekly. As NUY is the only youth specific housing provider in Rice County, they receive phone calls weekly from the Area Learning Center, High School resource officer, social workers, and the Community Action Center. This means that NUY is stepping up to provide more support every time a manageable need arises, which is where the New Beginnings Program starts – with ensuring that, regardless of host home availability, NUY is able to meet needs until a more permanent placement or solution can be found. This is the very start of HOPE for young people in our community – adults who can express their desire to help, and actually provide help in real time without many of the barriers that are put in place by lack of funding or community support. This grant was funded by: The Marston Headley & Dorothy Stone Headley Fund.
Northfield Healthy Community Initiative – TORCH Revolving Loan Fund – Awarded: $5,394
The TORCH Revolving Loan Fund provides loans to Northfield graduates who run into challenges in continuing on with the post-secondary education. With this support, they are able to overcome obstacles — ranging from overdue tuition payments to car repairs — that would otherwise lead to them dropping out of or suspending college. The loan provides the safety net that many middle- and upper-class students have in terms of family and/or support network. This grant was funded by: The Bill Clifford Family Legacy Fund.
Rice County Habitat for Humanity – Northfield Builds – Awarded: $5,000
Habitat for Humanity is building in Northfield again in 2020! The last time Habitat built in Northfield was in 2016 and before that it was in 2011. The cost of land in the Northfield area has been out of reach, but Habitat is trying a new building model and building a four-plex to partner with four families in need of housing in Northfield! Habitat will bring together volunteers, donors and Partner Families in our efforts to build simple, decent and affordable housing in our community. This grant was funded by the: The Marston Headley & Dorothy Stone Headley Fund.
HealthFinders Collaborative Inc. – Youth and Family Mental Health Services – Awarded: $3,000
HealthFinders Collaborative, Inc. (HFC) combines clinical care, community engagement, patient advocacy, and wellness education to fill critical health system gaps and improve health care access and outcomes for underserved populations in Northfield and the surrounding community.
In 2018, HFC expanded their capacity with a strategic move to a new clinic space in Northfield, co-located with Sterling Pharmacy and a Northfield Hospital Express Care Clinic. Now established, HFC has been able to leverage this new collaborative location, combined with funds from Northfield Shares, to establish new programs in Northfield including dental and mental health services. With support from Northfield Shares, HFC will build on the established foundation and work to establish a targeted youth and family mental health program. In addition to continuing programming at this new site, HFC will collaborate with Northfield Public Schools to provide school-based youth development programming targeting underserved youth, as well as school-based mental health therapy, and launch an opiate addiction therapy program and suboxone clinic. Together, these services will establish HFC as a comprehensive medical, dental, and wellness home for the underserved population in Northfield and surrounding rural communities. This grant is funded by: The Nutting Family Fund.
City of Northfield – Growing Local: Northfield Emerging Leaders Program – Awarded: $1,000
Thriving communities in the 21st century have knowledgeable, skilled and networked civic leaders of all backgrounds who effectively engage and lead with others. Communities intentionally strengthening local leadership create more effective local governance and dynamic economies. Diversifying local board and commission membership and engaging those historically underrepresented, as described in the City’s 2018-20 Strategic Plan, offers an exciting opportunity to expand and strengthen Northfield’s ‘pool’ of leadership. The City of Northfield will be partnering with the Leadership and Civic Engagement (LCE) educator team of the University of Minnesota Extension to develop this programming. This three-pronged program approach is a pilot program that will not only help Northfield meet its diversification goal but also inform the LCE team’s future programming and teaching services in this area. Local collaborators will include the Northfield School District and Healthy Community Initiative. This grant was funded collectively by: The Street Family Fund, Nutting Family Fund, and Marston Headley and Dorothy Stone Headley Fund.
Project Friendship – Every Kid Deserves a Mentor – Awarded: $3,000
Every child deserves to have a mentor in their lives, regardless of background and economic status. The truth is that every child needs a mentor – someone outside of their home that believes in them and is rooting for them in ways that only someone older can. The hope of Project Friendship is to have mentors for every child who would like a mentor and to provide quality training and activities for every single mentor and mentee in the program. To serve more children Project Friendship will expand their outreach by providing program materials in the home languages of participants, adding professional support for mentor/mentee relationships, and providing outstanding training for mentors so they are well equipped to support their own mentoring relationship. This grant was funded by: The Nutting Family Fund.
Northfield Arts Guild – Inspiration Station Community Outreach – Awarded: $2,000
The Northfield Arts Guild’s Inspiration Station offers free arts making throughout Northfield, serving people of all ages and abilities and reaching people that cannot and/or do not otherwise access arts opportunities in downtown Northfield. The Inspiration Station is a mobile art cart that travels throughout Northfield offering a wide range of hand-on arts making activities for people of all ages and abilities, led by an artist instructor. Activities include painting, collage, map-making, drawing, and printmaking, with activities changing on a weekly basis. To ensure wide participation, all aspects of Inspiration Station are offered free of charge. The goal is to bring art directly to the people of Northfield. This grant has been funded by: The Nutting Family Fund.
Northfield Healthy Community Initiative – Northfield YouthBank – Awarded: $1,000
Northfield YouthBank is a youth-led grant-making initiative which channels money into projects that will improve the quality of life for youth in our community. It is also a process and way of working with young grant-makers, encouraging and training them as they develop essential life and job skills. YouthBanks are run by young people, for young people in their community. The YouthBank team is supported by adults, but the youth make their own decisions as to what projects they choose to carry out and how the money they have is spent. YouthBank members develop skills in communication, strategic thinking, teamwork, responsibility and self-confidence.
Northfield YouthBank was begun in January of 2015 and has had seven grant rounds in which they have distributed over $84,000 into the community to youth-led projects. These grants have been used to fund 39 grant applications with approximately 315 youth involved in leading these projects. Based on a model begun in Northern Ireland, YouthBank is just becoming established in the United States and Northfield YouthBank is proud to be a leader in this movement. As the first YouthBank in the country to give out grants, Northfield YouthBank is helping set the standards for all future YouthBanks in the country. This grant has been funded by: The Nutting Family Fund.
Northfield in Bloom – Northfield Beautification – Awarded: $1,275
Northfield in Bloom works to enhance the Northfield area throughout the seasons. In 2020 Northfield in Bloom hopes to enhance the Children’s Pollinator Garden with a new sign and trees and add landscaping near the Butterfly Bench, continuing to make Northfield a beautiful town for its residents and visitors. Pride in community is so important for those of us who live and work here, and we are excited to share our beautiful community with visitors. Local collaborators include Northfield Shares, the Northfield Garden Club and the City of Northfield. This grant has been funded by: The Nutting Beautification Fund.
Northfield Youth Sports Collaborative – There is a Way for Every Child to Play – Awarded: $3,400
The Northfield Youth Sports Collaborative (NYSC) was founded in 2004 after local sports organizations noticed that Latinx and low-income youth were participating in their programs at very low numbers. The associations joined together to form the NYSC to work collaboratively to increase this involvement. They recognized that by working together, the associations would be able to accomplish more and serve more kids than would be possible with groups working in isolation. As one of their first initiatives, they established a shared scholarship pool for low-income children to be able to access to take part in sports associations. This pool has since provided more than 2,500 scholarships to local children. Unfortunately, continually increasing demand for scholarships (coupled with declining local funds) resulted in the Collaborative needing to turn away young people for the first time two years ago due to lack of funding. Expanded fundraising efforts – including generous support from Northfield Shares – helped reverse this situation. This grant was funded by: The Grace Whittier Fund.
Community Action Center – Trauma Responsive Resource Center – Awarded: $7,500
The Community Action Center (CAC), has integrated trauma-informed care practices in their service delivery, as many of the clients they serve have experienced at least one traumatic event in their lives. The CAC is working to improve their Trauma Responsive Resource Center and is taking into consideration how the physical environment affects an individual’s sense of identity, worth, and empowerment. Because space impacts mood and attitude, special attention will be given to the design of the resource center to help reduce client re-traumatization. This grant will specifically fund aesthetic improvements while incorporating art to make the space safe and welcoming for all. This grant was funded by: The Marston Headley & Dorothy Stone Headley Fund.
In addition, the Engeseth-Rinde Restoration Fund at Northfield Shares awarded its second annual grants in 2019 for a total of $23,000. Distributions from the Fund will be used primarily for the purpose of restoration, research, silviculture and related educational activities on the Engeseth-Rinde Unit of the Prairie Creek Wildlife Management Area (PCWMA). Grant recipients include the Carleton College Geology Department (research to investigate relationships between carbon storage in restored agricultural soils and wetlands in the PCWMA), and the Valley Grove Preservation Society (creating a documentary about landscape history in the greater Valley Grove Historic area).
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