Past Grants Awarded

2017 Northfield Shares Grants Awarded

Northfield Shares distributed $68,619 in grants to 15 nonprofits in 2017, made possible by the following funds: Nutting Beautification Fund, Bill Clifford Family Legacy Fund, Grace Whittier Fund, Nutting Family Fund, Marston Headley and Dorothy Stone Headley Fund, Street Family Fund, and the Ames Fund of the Minneapolis Foundation.

Note: Grant descriptions were excerpted from grant applications.

Grants funded by Nutting Beautification Fund:

Northfield in Bloom (NIB) – Community Beautification Efforts – $6,000

  • Created to enhance all beautification efforts in Northfield. Highlights of NIB’s projects this year include floral displays for the lower Riverwalk area, pots and bridge baskets, Children’s Pollinator Garden, Ames Park, Cannon River Valley Arboretum and supporting a watering staff.

Northfield Community Resource Center (NCRC) – Landscaping and Signage – $3,000

  • The NCRC installed a sign with digital messages informing passersby about many nonprofits and their highlights. It is required by city ordinance that they add landscaping around the sign. This grant will support their landscaping needs, including soil, mulching and edging as well as three maple trees and an American elm tree.

Cannon River Watershed Partnership (CRWP) – Master Stewards Program – $2,449

  • Funds will support the first Master Stewards in Northfield, a program that certifies and supports community leaders to install pollution prevention projects that educate community members, reduce pollutants from runoff and allow more water to soak into the ground before running into storm sewers. This effort is similar to that of Master Gardeners or Master Naturalists.

Grants funded by Bill Clifford Family Legacy Fund:

TORCH (Tackling Obstacles, Raising College Hopes) – Alumni Program Support – $5,000, plus $4,220 from Undesignated Funds

  • Grant will support TORCH’s alumni by providing funding for an alumni outreach coordinator who will help TORCH graduates find success after high school. TORCH hopes to reduce obstacles for 200 recent TORCH alumni, ages 18–24.

Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) – YouthBank – $5,000

  • YouthBank is an HCI-supported, innovative youth 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.

Grants funded by Grace Whittier Fund:

Northfield Girl Scouts – ConnectZ Program – $1,750

  • Funds 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.

Laura Baker Services Association – Family Support Services – $1,200

  • Funding will help support Laura Baker Services Association’s Family Support Services, which are designed to meet the needs of parents and caregivers of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The services provide a dependable system of support through monthly respite events and family networking opportunities.

Northfield Youth Sports Collaborative – Sports Scholarships – $1,000

  • Funds will support scholarships that provide assistance with registration fees toward local youth sports organizations.

Community Action Center of Northfield – Student Activity Scholarships – $1,000

  • The Community Action Center works to counteract the negative impact of poverty by supporting children in low-income households, in part through providing scholarships for students to partake in co-curricular activities, such as the arts, dance, athletics and summer camp. Grant funding will help to support these scholarships.

Northfield Booster Club – Activity Scholarships – $1,000

  • The Northfield Booster Club has made it a priority to help those families who struggle financially to pay athletic registration fees so that these youth are able to participate in the school’s athletic programs. Grant funding will help to support these scholarships.

Grants funded by Undesignated Funds (Nutting Family Fund, Marston Headley and Dorothy Stone Headley Fund, Street Family Fund, and the Ames Fund of the Minneapolis Foundation):

Greenvale Park Community School – Co-coordinator Position – $14,000

  • Grant will help fund a second Greenvale Park Community School co-coordinator’s salary for a full year.

Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) – Reading Rockets – $8,000

  • Funding will help support Reading Rockets, an initiative that provides summer literacy support for Northfield elementary youth who are behind grade level in reading. Reading Rockets will be a component of the Summer PLUS program and grant support is planned for the next two summers, allowing the project to serve 100 youth annually (200 youth total).

HealthFinders Collaborative – Community Clinic Support – $5,000

  • Funding provides matching support of the new HealthRise grant obtained by HealthFinders from the Medtronic Foundation to promote cardiovascular health, diabetes management, and disease prevention among underserved populations in Rice County. Northfield Shares’ support this year will ensure full implementation of coordinated services across partner systems, agencies and projects in Northfield.

Northfield Area Learning Center (ALC) – Backpack Food Program – $1,000

  • The Backpack Food Program was initiated by students in the ALC’s Work Experience program in 2010. Each week, ALC students fill 15–20 bags of food and deliver them to local schools, an area church and Three Links senior apartments. The food is then given to families in need, with approximately 500 bags of food distributed every year.

 Northfield Union of Youth (NUY) – The Key: Safe Food at a Safe Place – $5,000

  • Funds will help to support NUY’s project, The Key: Safe Food at a Safe Place, which aims to provide free and equitable access to healthy meals during after-school hours for Northfield’s most at-risk youth community. NUY is hiring a food-safe certified food consultant to help create and implement a safe, sustainable, and volunteer-run system of food delivery that can help build capacity, including training, coordinating and recruiting volunteers in appropriate protocols and procedures for food safety.

Project Friendship – Mentoring Program Support – $4,000

  • Project Friendship’s expansion program, Everyone Needs a Mentor/I had a Mentor, sought a matching grant for a Cultural Liaison position. 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.


Northfield Shares distributed $39,742.00 in grants in 2016. These grants were made possible by the following funds: Nutting Beautification and Undesignated Funds, Headley Fund, Street Family Fund, Northfield Area Foundation Fund and the Grace Whittier Fund.

Note: Grant descriptions were excerpted from the actual grant applications.

  • $500 to Beautify Northfield Coalition to develop Arts Corridor linking St. Olaf and Carleton College. (Nutting Beautification Fund)
  • $3,692 to Northfield in Bloom to help support their planting, water, mulching and weeding efforts of downtown spaces planted with help from Northfield Shares.(Nutting Beautification Fund)
  • $2,000 to Cannon River Watershed Partnership to help support the creation of additional community connections leading up to their Watershed Wide Cleanup event. (Nutting Beautification Fund)
  • $16,950 to Greenvale Park Community School to help support the funding of their co-coordinator positions. (Grace Whittier Fund)
  • $2,000 to Northfield Union of Youth (NUY) to match funds for two separate grants that help support NUY’s out-of-school educational programming. (Grace Whittier Fund)
  • $5,000 to HealthFinders Collaborative to match support of their HealthRise grant obtained from the Medtronic Foundation to support cardiovascular health, diabetes management, and disease prevention among underserved populations in Rice County.
  • $2,100 to TORCH (Tackling Obstacles, Raising College Hopes) to help provide the necessary technology for students to complete their assignments at school.
  • $3,000 to Northfield YouthBank. Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) was asked by Youthprise to act as a host organization for a YouthBank in Northfield. The funding would be used in this matching campaign with Youthprise.
  • $4,500 to the Community Action Center of Northfield’s job partnership program, Northfield Works, which provides job readiness training and support to CAC clients in Northfield with income less than 200% of federal  poverty guidelines.


In the 2015 grant cycle, the following was awarded for a total of $51,483:

  • $10,000 to the Friends of the Northfield Library for new outdoor spaces of the Library renovation (payable in two $5000 installments from the Nutting Beautification Fund)
  • $5,732 to the Northfield Garden Club’s Northfield in Bloom project (Nutting Beautification Fund)
  • $16,151 to Healthy Community Initiative for the Northfield’s Promise to help youth thrive from cradle to career. (Grace Whittier and Headley Funds)
  • $1,200 to support programs at the Northfield Union of Youth. (Grace Whittier Fund)
  • $300 to support Family Service Night at Prairie Creek School. (Grace Whittier Fund)
  • $2,400 to support Mentor Volunteer Training at Project Friendship. (Grace Whittier Fund)
  • $5,000 to support Money Matters Financial Education hosted by Habitat for Humanity Rice County. (Nutting Family Fund)
  • $5,000 to the Northfield Works Program at the Community Action Center. (Nutting Family Fund)
  • $2,500 to Northfield Roundtable to support website development and planning sessions. (Headley, Nutting Family, Street, and NAF Funds)
  • $1,900 to Healthfinders to support Dental, teen, and family health capacity building, and expansion of programing at Greenvale Park Community School. (Headley Fund)
  • $1,300 to Three Links Care Center to support inter-generational volunteer collaboration. (Grace Whittier Fund)


In the 2014 grant cycle, the following was awarded for a total of $42,750: