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Special Grants

Systems Change Grants Round 2

The Northland Foundation is offering a special grant opportunity to support systems change and equity work in northeast Minnesota communities and Tribal Nations in our service area. Up to two grants of as much as $150,000 each will be awarded for two years. Proposed work should align with Northland Foundation grantmaking priorities and should include efforts to support all people being fully a part of their community with the voice and power to shape institutions and systems.

We define Systems Change as targeting the root causes of social issues over providing direct services to those impacted by the issue. It is work that seeks to shift policies, mindsets, and power dynamics that enable the issue to persist and/or efforts to significantly modify how services are delivered, resulting in better outcomes by those being served. It generally involves work beyond a single organization. Successful applications will involve partners and stakeholders in this work, especially those impacted by the systems being changed.

We define Equity as promoting justice, impartiality, and fairness within the procedures, processes, and distribution of resources by institutions or systems. Tackling equity issues requires an understanding of the root causes of outcome disparities within our society.

We know systems change and equity work require persistent focus and time, far beyond the scope of a grant period. This grant offers resources to support organizations with the capacity to take on these challenges and opportunities. This opportunity is not intended to support the general operations of an organization or ongoing program costs that are not related to systems change/equity work. Refer to our quarterly grant program for general operating or program support.

The application period opens January 5 and closes March 1, 2023. Applicants will be notified of a decision by the end of May 2023. The implementation period begins July 1, 2023.

  • For questions about the grant opportunity/your proposed work, email Erik Torch, Director of Grantmaking.
  • Request for Proposals with eligibility and important details. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY before applying.
  • Application Questions in Word to help you prepare responses.
  • Applications are submitted using our web-based special grant portal. For questions about using the portal, email Carol Chipman, Grants Manager.
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