Funding Opportunities for Community-Based Programs

Grant and Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities for Community-Based Programs

Community Partner Fund

Overview: The Community Partner Fund reflects our mission, core values, and commitment to work with communities to enact changes. MHC does not tell you what to do or how to do it, we collaborate with you to amplify Minnesota’s voices, especially those that have been left out (stolen, erased, marginalized). This two-year funding opportunity centers MHC’s Absent Narratives Approach™ and fosters collaboration between two or more neighborhood or community organizations to address community identified goals and opportunities.

Maximum Award Amount: $100,000 (no more than $50K disbursed in this first year)

Open to: Minnesota-based organizations (nonprofit, not-for-profit, and those with a fiscal sponsor), Tribal Nations, and state/municipal public agencies.

Goals:

  • Connect Minnesotans to this place’s histories, heritages, and communities through amplifying those voices that have been left out, stolen, erased, or marginalized.
  • Foster partnerships among community organizations that create opportunities for all Minnesotans to get directly involved as critical thinkers in their communities.
  • Create opportunities for all Minnesotans to get directly involved as critical thinkers and change makers in their communities.

Practices:

  • Learn from and with multiple voices
  • Build and strengthen diverse relationships
  • Recognize the inequity or dangers of a single story
  • Amplify Community Solutions for Change

Project Timeline: Funded projects/communities are expected to be completed no later than two years after the award date.

Statement of Interest Deadline: 11:59 p.m. April 28, 2019

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Humanities Innovation Lab

Overview: The Humanities Innovation Lab supports organizations and individuals who want to test new humanities-based ideas and methods.
Award amount range: $250-$2,000

Open to: Minnesota-based organizations (nonprofit, not-for-profit, or working with a nonprofit fiscal sponsor), tribal nations, state/municipal public agencies, individuals, and/or teams of no more than three individuals.

Goals:

  • Create opportunities for all Minnesotans to think critically using the humanities in their communities
  • Engage Minnesotans of all ages in appreciation, expression, and connection to their history, heritage, and community
    Proposals due: 11:59 p.m. May 23, 2019

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“We Are Water MN” host community application

Overview: “We Are Water MN” builds networks of people who protect and affect water, hosts a traveling exhibit that shares messages about water in Minnesota, and designs public programming that builds relationships with and responsibilities to water.

The “We Are Water MN” partners seek applications for a new cohort of host communities.

Goals:

  • Share state and local histories and narratives about water.
  • Build Minnesotans’ individual relationships with water by sharing multiple perspectives.
  • Build Minnesotans’ individual responsibilities to water.
  • Support the expansion of local networks within host communities.
  • Build relationships between Minnesotans through community engagement events and activities before, during, and after the exhibit.
  • Build host site capacity to practice the Minnesota Humanities Center’s Absent Narratives Approach™.

Open to: Minnesota-based organizations (nonprofits or those with a nonprofit fiscal sponsor), tribal nations, and state/municipal public agencies.

Funding support: Selected communities may receive contracts of up to $10,000 with the Minnesota Humanities Center to offset project-related costs. We encourage organizations in small and suburban communities to apply. This funding is available through support of the Clean Water Fund of the Minnesota Legacy Amendment.

Proposals due: 11:59 p.m. June 10, 2019
 
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“Why Treaties Matter” host community application

Overview: “Why Treaties Matter” communicates, in a meaningful and truthful way, the history of sovereignty and treaties between nations in Minnesota territory (and, later, the state of Minnesota) to educators, students, and the general public through a traveling exhibit and community engagement program.

The “Why Treaties Matter” partners seek applications from potential host communities who will use the exhibit in two different ways: those who will develop public programming or resources to supplement the exhibit and those who will share the exhibit and its current resources with their community.

Open to: Minnesota-based organizations (nonprofits or those with a nonprofit fiscal sponsor), tribal nations, and state/municipal public agencies.

Goals:

  • Communicate, in a meaningful and truthful way, the history of sovereignty and treaties between nations in Minnesota territory (and, later, the state of Minnesota) to educators, students, and the general public.
  • Improve the amount and quality of teacher instruction about American Indian histories and cultures in the project’s partner school districts.
  • Center indigenous knowledges and expertise in the hosting of the exhibition and community engagement activities.
  • Build relationships that will endure beyond the active exhibition period.

Proposals due: We have no deadline for submissions. Host communities must submit at least six weeks prior to intended hosting dates. The exhibit is currently available for hosting July 1-Oct. 31, 2019.
 
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