Community Innovation Learning Logs

Interim and final reports from Community Innovation grantees that include key lessons learned from their grant project.

American Indian Science and Engineering Society

Term: November 01, 2013 - December 31, 2015

North Star AISES will support the creation and implementation of a Women's Elder Nibi/Mini Council to uphold the cultural authority of women elders to participate in tribal decisions that impact water on and near reservations in collaboration with scientific experts.

Community Foundation of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks and Region

Term: November 01, 2013 - December 31, 2015

The ‘NV & Me Project’ will inspire and empower residents to carry out the vision of the North Valley/New Vision 360 process through a micro-grant program and with action teams at various community levels.

Men As Peacemakers

Term: November 01, 2013 - December 31, 2015

The "Champion's Initiative" uses athletics as a platform for sexual and domestic violence prevention. It will equip youth athletic coaches with the tools, knowledge, and motivation to role model respect, non-violence, and gender equity.

Promise Neighborhood of Central Minnesota

Term: December 01, 2013 - December 31, 2015

The Promise Neighborhood – Central Minnesota will lead community engagement and capacity building efforts to achieve educational, economic and community aspirations in the Talahi neighborhood in St. Cloud.

Project Footsteps

Term: November 01, 2013 - December 31, 2014

"Promise!" is a group within Project Footsteps that is creating a movement dedicated to ending teenage homelessness by partnering with agencies that serve this population. "Promise!" intends to create leadership councils with each partnering agency that are comprised of homeless teens who are inspired, empowered and prepared to be agents of change.

South Dakota State University

Term: November 01, 2013 - June 30, 2015

Brookings Health System, South Dakota State University and the Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce will partner to organize focus groups and a public event to identify community solutions for supporting breastfeeding women in the workplace and the broader community.

United Way of Steele County

Term: November 01, 2013 - December 31, 2015

United Way of Steele County will examine disparities in income, education and health among low-income residents and people of color in Steele County. They will also design and implement a collaborative, multi-sector initiative at the intersection of these disparities to create change in their community.

Northfield Healthy Community Initiative

Term: November 01, 2013 - December 31, 2017

"Northfield Promise" is a collective impact initiative designed to achieve community-level change for children and youth growing up in Northfield. By aligning all the major community institutions around a shared set of measurable benchmarks, assembling diverse action teams, collecting and sharing data, implementing action plans, and sharing progress with community stakeholders, the project seeks to ensure success for all Northfield youth.

REAP Investment Fund Inc

Term: November 01, 2013 - December 31, 2015

The REAP/Vision West North Dakota "Plan Director Supports Project" will support volunteer and paid plan directors in 19 western North Dakota counties to implement new county or tribal strategic plans for addressing challenges caused by the oil boom and for sustaining economic viability following the boom.

Wagner Area Horizons Team

Term: November 01, 2013 - December 31, 2016

The Wagner Area Horizons Team will engage both Native and non-Native people who live in Wagner on the Yankton Sioux Reservation in a series of conversations and workshops about race. This will include developing and sharing a new curriculum for understanding differences in Native and non-Native leadership.

TakeAction Minnesota Education Fund

Term: November 01, 2013 - December 31, 2015

TakeAction Minnesota will engage Minnesotans to identify problems and actionable solutions for getting the most out of the new MNSure health care system.

Renewing the Countryside

Term: November 01, 2013 - June 30, 2016

Renewing the Countryside II will grow the capacity of our local food system by developing a plan to make farmland more accessible to new and young farmers and supporting new and existing partnerships between food co-op members and farmers.

Fargo-Moorhead Coalition for Homeless Persons

Term: November 01, 2013 - April 30, 2016

The Fargo-Moorhead Coalition for Homeless Persons (in a formal alliance with the North Dakota Coalition for Homeless People, the West Central Minnesota Continuum of Care and multi-state community partners) will create a coordinated assessment and referral system to more effectively assess, shelter and house people who are experiencing or are at risk of homelessness in their community.

Project FINE

Term: November 01, 2013 - December 31, 2015

"Answering the Voices" will connect individuals from the refugee and immigrant community with established residents and local decision-makers to explore community issues and develop innovative solutions for identified needs.

OutFront Minnesota Community Services

Term: November 01, 2013 - December 31, 2014

OutFront Minnesota Community Services will work to make schools safe for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth by building community-based leadership teams across the state of Minnesota and organizing a youth summit for youth from across the state to share ideas and strategies for making schools safer.

Saint Paul Art Collective

Term: November 01, 2013 - December 31, 2014

The Saint Paul Art Collective will explore the potential for establishing a community arts center in the Lowertown neighborhood as well as an arts district designation for Lowertown. This exploration will include community engagement, a feasibility study and a report with recommendations for community stakeholders.

Vital Aging Network

Term: November 01, 2013 - December 31, 2016

The Vital Aging Network's Wellness 50+ program will engage and train teams of older adults in four communities across Minnesota to lead community–developed wellness initiatives.

Cleveland Neighborhood Association

Term: November 01, 2013 - December 31, 2015

"Connector Academy and Lab," a project of the Cleveland Neighborhood Association, will train residents to become leaders in their community and make change in their neighborhood. Residents will work together, learn from one another and support one another in creating innovative community-building projects.

Minnesota Alliance for Volunteer Advancement

Term: November 01, 2013 - December 31, 2015

MAVA will convene conversations with partners, cities, volunteer managers, volunteers and citizens interested in building new strategies to engage a diverse citizenry in community problems. They will develop strategies and curriculum to train cities throughout Minnesota to grow citizen volunteerism in problem solving and public service.

Plains Art Museum

Term: November 01, 2013 - December 31, 2015

The "Public Art and Community Engagement Project" will advance the development of vibrant public spaces and public art in Fargo-Moorhead to more strongly connect citizens with the community and each other.

Autism Society of Minnesota

Term: November 01, 2013 - June 30, 2015

The Autism Society of Minnesota will engage public school educators and parents of and students with disabilities to improve student outcomes in employment and post-secondary education.

Rapid City Area School District #51-4

Term: November 01, 2013 - December 31, 2015

"Teen Up," an initiative of Partnership Rapid City, will create online youth engagement technology, provide opportunities for youth to participate in city planning and cultivate all that youth have to offer by engaging them in service and in advisory and leadership roles throughout the community.

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

Term: November 01, 2013 - June 30, 2016

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe will hold talking circles and lead a community assessment to guide the development of a network of home and community-based service providers who qualify for Medicare and state reimbursement programs. This network will help elders and adults with disabilities in their community continue living independently.

The Barbara Schneider Foundation

Term: November 01, 2013 - December 31, 2015

The Barbara Schneider Foundation will work together with four Native nations--Red Lake Nation, White Earth Nation, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa and Rosebud Sioux Tribe--to create culturally distinct programs for prevention of and intervention in mental health crisis and wellness recovery. Each Nation will identify strengths, needs, priorities and barriers to wellness, and develop a collaborative response plan for their community.