Past Grants Awarded

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.

2017+

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.

2016+

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.

2015+

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)

2014+

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