Community Innovation

Grantee Learning Logs

An important part of creative problem solving are the lessons learned along the way. As a learning organization, we realize how important these discoveries are and have intentionally included time for reflection and sharing as part of how we work. 

In that same spirit, we ask our Community Innovation grantees to share their reflections and learnings through interim and final reports. Their learning logs are a great resource for what went well, what didn't and what others might take away as they work to make our region better for everyone.

Minnesota Education Equity Partnership

Term: June 01, 2016 - June 30, 2018

To conduct a "Race Equity and Excellence in Education Action Planning" process with the goal of identifying specific strategies to address race equity in education

State of Minnesota, Department of Health

Term: August 01, 2014 - September 30, 2017

To bring together diverse stakeholders from medical, insurance, advocacy and cultural communities to create and test maternal health solutions which are accessible, culturally acceptable and financially sustainable

Rural Renewable Energy Alliance

Term: March 01, 2017 - October 31, 2018

Energy poverty, or a lack of access to modern energy services, affects one out of eight families in the United States. Rates in some communities like Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe (Leech Lake) are even higher. In communities where households are on a fixed income, even a modest increase in the cost of heating or cooling can force families to make difficult choices about their resources. While energy assistance is available, funds are limited. Rural Renewable Energy Alliance will collaborate with Leech Lake partners to build a local, sustainable and shared alternative energy infrastructure. This partnership engages energy insecure households through the Tribal Government Community Action Agency, sustains an education and workforce pipeline with Leech Lake Tribal College and consult local utilities agency expertise. Developing and demonstrating this model has the potential to be transformative at the regional and national scale.

Hennepin Healthcare Foundation

Term: June 01, 2016 - March 31, 2018

To develop a model for capacity building to provide medical respite for persons experiencing homelessness in Hennepin County

The Matthews Opera House and Arts Center

Term: August 01, 2016 - June 30, 2019

To create a community collaboration centralizing the arts as an integrated asset for inclusivity, development and sustained outreach

Oglala Sioux (Lakota) Housing

Term: August 01, 2014 - September 30, 2017

To develop an appropriate legal entity under the Oglala Sioux Tribe to oversee water, sewer and solid waste operations and infrastructure improvement

Appetite for Change

Term: June 01, 2016 - June 30, 2018

Hungry For Change: food business incubation in North Minneapolis in partnership with NEON

Grassroots Indigenous Multimedia

Term: June 01, 2016 - December 31, 2017

To continue the revitalization of indigenous languages through building families of Ojibwe speakers

PACT for Families Collaborative

Term: June 01, 2016 - December 31, 2018

To initiate Partnering for Resilience -- supporting high needs families with young children through collaborative problem-solving around safety, resilience and independence

Sacred Pipe Resource Center

Term: June 01, 2016 - December 31, 2017

To increase civic and social engagement of the American Indian community in order to build community leaders who can collectively address the pervasive, negative socio-economic disparities of the American Indian population in Bismarck-Mandan

Voices for Racial Justice

Term: June 01, 2016 - December 31, 2018

To build a statewide problem-solving process on the issue of mass incarceration and the impact of the prison system on communities of color

Propel Nonprofits

Term: June 01, 2016 - March 31, 2019

Conduct a Family Freedom School Initiative to increase awareness and build capacity of Duluth's African American community to address institutional barriers and structural policies of race impacting their lives

Northeast South Dakota Area Health Education Center

Term: June 01, 2016 - March 31, 2019

To strengthen the South Dakota One Health Producer/Provider/Veterinarian Network (PPV Net) to more effectively communicate information regarding zoonotic disease and other public health issues among livestock producers, medical providers and veterinarians in an effort to improve the quality and continuity of healthcare among both human and animal populations in South Dakota

Northside Achievement Zone

Term: June 01, 2015 - June 30, 2017

To strengthen the North Minneapolis community and improve academic achievement by building a cohort of strong parent leaders

Mental Health America of North Dakota

Term: June 01, 2016 - December 31, 2018

To further develop the Mental Health Advocacy Network to better serve those in need of mental health support

Community Violence Intervention Center

Term: June 01, 2016 - December 31, 2017

To create a 2 Generation Plan to End Violence that will incorporate community generated ideas, include outcome measures, and identify solutions to test

St. Croix River Association

Term: June 01, 2015 - June 30, 2017

To support the "Keeping the Woods in the North Woods" partnership that targets peer-to-peer conservation efforts to stop deforestation and protect water quality

Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault

Term: June 01, 2015 - December 31, 2018

To develop a coordinated regional forensic medical response to sexual violence in Northeast Minnesota