Dare to Dream Grant

Latino Childcare Program
Latino Childcare Network, 2016 Dare to Dream Grantee
Greenvale Park Community School, 2014 Dare to Dream Grantee
In 2014 WINGS launched a $10,000 Dare to Dream grant to be awarded to an area non-profit which WINGS felt had the most compelling dream to help women and children in the Northfield area reach their full potential. WINGS sought proposals that were innovative, impacted the community and built capacity. Applicants outlined ideas that could not be carried out without this financial award. This award did not take the place of annual grants, but rather created a new and exciting way to encourage applicants to take risks and dream big with either a new endeavor or an enhancement to a current initiative. A $10,000 grant was offered again in 2016. 

In 2018, WINGS dreamed bigger, offering a $25,000 award to fund a project that was innovative, had the potential to impact a large number of women or youth in the Northfield area and would have a long term effect beyond the three years of the grant.  

Awards are as follows: 
  • 2014 - Dare to Dream ($10,000) was awarded to Northfield Healthy Community Initiative on behalf of the Community School Advisory Council to support Greenvale School as it became a community school, a place where children and families are supported through after-school care, community activities and clubs and other programs that build community around the school.
  • 2016 - Dare to Dream ($10,000) was awarded to Growing Up Healthy to collaborate with ECFE and Northfield Promise to create a Latino Childcare Providers Network.  The primary goal was to create a social support system to build capacity of Latino family, friends and neighborhood childcare providers to ensure  the care they provide to children in the Northfield area is high quality. Trainings, in Spanish, covered topics ranging from promoting early literacy to social-emotional wellbeing, to CPR and First Aid.
  • 2018 - Dare to Dream BIGGER ($25,000) was awarded to Northfield Union of Youth (NUY) and will be used to expand the community’s safety net for the most vulnerable, isolated, and least supported youth in Northfield. Funding will allow NUY, Northfield Alternative Learning Center, and TORCH to collaboratively provide an integrated approach to address the staggering need for supportive services and academic assistance among these youth. Integrated outreach will be improved by funding a cross-program, community-based social worker at NUY.