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

Cedar Riverside NRP

Term: June 01, 2016 - May 31, 2018

To solve the need for better access to affordable, culturally competent, quality early childhood education services (ECE) in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood (West Bank)

African Immigrant Services

Term: June 01, 2015 - June 30, 2017

To increase civic engagement within communities of color in the Northwest suburbs of the Twin Cities

Rosebud Sioux Tribe

Term: June 01, 2015 - December 31, 2016

To assess needs, build a foundation and create a work plan for the Work 2 Wellness (W2W) Project

Rapid City Public School Foundation

Term: August 01, 2014 - December 31, 2016

To partner with the Rapid City Area Schools and others, examining the need to address cross-cultural understanding and relationships 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.

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.

Women's Initiative for Self Empowerment

Term: August 01, 2014 - September 30, 2016

To engage healthcare stakeholders in creating a public-private funding program that will support foreign-trained medical professionals in securing medical residency

Northeast South Dakota Community Action Program (aka GROW South Dakota)

Term: August 01, 2014 - October 31, 2016

To move rural communities forward by creating opportunities for improved housing stability and economic development

Thunder Valley CDC

Term: August 01, 2014 - September 30, 2016

To co-create the Sustainable Home Ownership Project (SHOP): a workforce development initiative and homeownership system that supports a green construction industry on Pine Ridge

Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota

Term: August 01, 2014 - June 30, 2017

To bring organizations together that work separately on children's issues, strengthening their capacity to share resources for children, parents and other advocates

Minneapolis Public Schools

Term: August 01, 2014 - August 31, 2017

To test and implement the Minneapolis Public Schools "Grow Your Own" program: a fast-track alternative teacher preparation and licensure program for bilingual educators and educators of color

Great River Greening

Term: August 01, 2014 - September 30, 2017

To create a shared community vision for the Seven Mile Creek watershed, establish a watershed council to implement the community vision and build the relationships necessary to sustain watershed rehabilitation efforts into the future

The Arts Center

Term: August 01, 2014 - September 30, 2016

To engage the community in a creative placemaking process that includes artist-led "imagination conversations"

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

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

Impact Foundation

Term: November 01, 2015 - October 31, 2018

To create an inclusive coalition that builds connections and engages community stakeholders, gathers data on youth, creates a data report with actions, and provides a Blueprint so that youth become more respected, empowered and engaged

Family Tree Clinic

Term: August 01, 2014 - September 30, 2016

To further the Family Tree Clinic's Trans Health Initiative by partnering with community stakeholders to pilot an informed consent hormone access project to provide high-quality, transgender affirming and affordable health care

Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa

Term: June 01, 2015 - June 30, 2017

To create an educational and career path for young people of color in the environmental science and natural resource fields

South Dakota State University

Term: June 01, 2015 - August 31, 2017

To attract and retain more Native American nursing students through mentoring and expanded resources to address family and cultural needs of students

University of Minnesota

Term: June 01, 2015 - June 30, 2016

To change the approach to regulation of local food systems in Minnesota

Four Bands Community Fund

Term: November 01, 2013 - June 30, 2016

Four Bands Community Fund, of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, will lead a reservation-wide effort to develop and implement a comprehensive workforce development program. Using a combined place- and sector-based approach, Four Bands will provide training opportunities to increase the capacity of individuals to gain meaningful employment while supporting businesses to build their capacity to effectively hire and retain qualified employees.

Clay County Public Health

Term: June 01, 2015 - December 31, 2017

To develop a community plan to address mental health care needs through the ReThink Mental Health Initiative

North Dakota Women's Network

Term: August 01, 2014 - March 31, 2017

To form a statewide coalition that will increase the number of people who are equipped to work against human trafficking and sexual exploitation

First Peoples Fund

Term: June 01, 2015 - June 30, 2016

To increase arts capacity and access to space through the Rez Arts Nomad

Frogtown Farm

Term: June 01, 2015 - June 30, 2017

To build a hub for a healthy, equitable and just food system