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.

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

Tribal Nations Research Group

Term: June 01, 2015 - January 31, 2018

To promote high quality research relevant to the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians that will advance the tribe's economic development and uphold its positive images

The People's Press Project

Term: June 01, 2015 - June 30, 2016

To engage communities of color and disenfranchised communities in the creation of a non-commercial, community-owned, low-powered radio station serving the Fargo-Moorhead area

Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota

Term: June 01, 2015 - December 31, 2016

To engage underserved families in designing and testing a children's museum model that is responsive to their needs, interests and challenges

Helpline Center

Term: June 01, 2015 - June 30, 2017

To design and pilot a coordinated system for social service providers to enter, manage and share client data in order to better serve local families

State of Minnesota, Department of Human Services

Term: June 01, 2015 - June 30, 2019

To eliminate inequities and advance health equity at the Minnesota Department of Human Services in collaboration with impacted communities

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.

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.

Main Street Square

Term: November 01, 2013 - December 31, 2015

Main Street Square will research, develop and implement a successful community arts collaborative and clearinghouse that will create a sustainable, equitable future for the arts and artists in Rapid City.

PACT for Families Collaborative

Term: November 01, 2013 - April 30, 2016

PACT for Families Collaborative will engage truant youth, their parents, education staff and service providers to redesign services and test strategies for positive, sustainable solutions to truancy.

Lakes Country Service Cooperative

Term: August 01, 2014 - September 30, 2016

To work with local growers and food service directors in building a hub that will aggregate and distribute local foods to schools, healthcare organizations and other nonprofits in the region

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cultural Diversity Resources

Term: August 01, 2014 - March 31, 2016

To foster capacity building and partnerships among cross-cultural community stakeholders, eliminating racial and socio-economic disparities

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Northside Economic Opportunity Network

Term: November 01, 2013 - December 31, 2015

NEON will build a broad coalition of organizations dedicated to increasing employment and economic equality for unemployed/underemployed African American males in North Minneapolis. NEON will engage these stakeholders to build a locally-governed entity that reinforces transparency, accountability, results and shared learning about workforce development.

Hmong American Farmers Association

Term: August 01, 2014 - December 31, 2016

To discuss land cooperative law opportunities and issues with 16 farmer-members who are currently operating under a land lease option

Red River Basin Commission

Term: August 01, 2014 - March 31, 2017

To educate and engage landowners, agricultural producers and water quality resource experts in an effort to improve water quality

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

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