Apply for a WINGS Grant

Since 2001, WINGS has contributed almost $890,000 to Northfield-area non-profits to support projects and programs that benefit local women or youth. WINGS accepts grant applications from mid-January to mid-March each year. Grants are awarded in June.

The application process is currently closed. However, general information about our grants process as well as criteria for the new 2018 Dare to Dream Bigger Grant is listed below. Additional application materials and instructions will be posted on this website (below) during the granting period. 

2018 Dare to Dream Bigger Grant Criteria

Grant Funds Available: $ 25,000
  • May take up to three years to use the funds 
  • A timeline for the usage of funds must be outlined in the grant application 
Dare to Dream Bigger Grant projects will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
  • INNOVATION – Projects that are new to the Northfield community or innovative new dimensions to an existing project. 
  • BROAD AND LONG-TERM IMPACT – Projects that have the potential to impact a large number of women, youth, and/or elderly and have a long term effect beyond the three years of the grant. 
  • NEED – Unfunded or underfunded projects that address a significant need in the Northfield community. 
  • WOMEN AND/OR YOUTH – Projects that benefit women and/or youth in the Northfield community. Project proposals that benefit elderly or underserved populations are welcomed. 
  • COLLABORATION – Incorporating collaborative efforts of multiple non-profits will strengthen your application.

General Information about Grants

Approximately 20 annual grants of varying amounts are given each year. Grants must be spent during the year received. WINGS seeks projects with an emphasis on the following areas:

BASIC NEEDS

  • Housing Stability: Provide shelter and/or housing services to women and youth who are homeless or are at risk of homelessness.
  • Food Stability: Increase access to healthy food for women and youth.
  • Economic Stability: Increase economic stability for women and youth.
  • Safe Environments: Support safe environments for women and youth. 
  • Elderly: Support safe environments and increase housing, food, and economic stability for the elderly.

EDUCATION

  • Early Learning: Support early learning efforts in preschool and elementary school for children facing economic barriers or from under-represented populations.
  • Out-of-School Programs: Support access for youth with economic barriers or from under-represented populations to quality out-of-school programs to enhance academics, athletics or artistic endeavors.
  • Special Needs/At-Risk Youth & Adults: Support the learning of vocational and life skills for special needs and/or at-risk youth and adults.
  • Adult Learning: Support educational and developmental efforts of women facing economic barriers or from under-represented populations.

PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH

  • Healthcare: Enable access to healthcare for women and youth who face economic barriers, a lack of insurance, or come from under-represented populations.
  • Healthy Behaviors: Help engage youth and women in healthy, preventive behaviors.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

  • Technical Assistance: Support programs that deliver education and training to women and youth business owners/potential owners in areas such as business and financial planning, marketing and operations.
  • Networking and Mentoring: Increase access to networking, mentoring and collaborative opportunities for women and youth business owners/potential owners.
  • Funding: Support organizations that provide access to funding for businesses to women and youth through micro-loans and/or micro-grants. 

Funding Priorities

WINGS prefers to fund programs/projects that:
  • address financial need and increase access to opportunity 
  • offer a proactive, innovative approach to solving a community problem 
  • address systemic change
  • build capacity by leveraging resources through partnerships with other funders 
  • enhance an organization’s abilities to carry out its mission 
  • result in tangible outcomes
  • significantly impact the organization or the program 
WINGS is a founding member of the Northfield Promise: Every child. Cradle to career.” collective impact initiative. As such, WINGS seeks to align its funding to help more Northfield children and youth reach the 10 Northfield Promise benchmarks.

WINGS Grant Policy

WINGS supports endeavors that encourage women and youth of all cultures, nationalities, races, sexual orientation and abilities to reach their full potential. WINGS grants contribute to the health, safety, education, socialization, artistic growth and economic stability of the community. WINGS strives to increase access to opportunity through grants to both new and existing projects, taking into consideration financial need, impact and capacity building. WINGS encourages innovative initiatives.

WINGS gives grants to qualified non-profit organizations, public schools and government organizations for the purpose of general community support. Projects funded must benefit residents of the Northfield School District. Both the applicant organization and the project funded must comply with current legal requirements forbidding discrimination as to age, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability or national origin. Grants will not be awarded for any of the following purposes: endowment campaigns, debt reduction, lobbying or sectarian purposes/programs. In addition, they typically will not be awarded for capital development/improvement projects.

Questions?

Contact Grants Chair Alice Carson at grants@wings-mn.org

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Grant Application Instructions/Forms

NOTE: The grant submission process is currently closed. The next grant cycle will open in January 2018. 

Instructions (read carefully before starting the application).

The WINGS Annual Grant Application must be submitted electronically following the instructions below. 


The WINGS Grant Application consists of two parts:
  1. Online Data Form: If you are applying for multiple grants you need to submit a new Online Data Form with each application. 
  2. Grant Application Form: Save your application as a PDF and email it to grants@wings-mn.org. Enter both the name of your organization and the project title in the subject line of the email. Separately, attach a copy of your organization's financial statement or an annual report to the email. Verification that your grant application was received will be emailed to you in March. 
HOW TO DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION FORM:
You MUST download the form to complete the application. To download the form, click the down arrow on the far right, below. These forms will be available when the next grant cycle opens in January 2018. 

NOTE: The grant submission process is currently closed.