Investing in Youth Grants

PrintThe Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) is fully committed to the work and goals of Northfield Promise.  Northfield Promise is a movement to help all Northfield children thrive, from cradle to career.

In recognition of this commitment, HCI is pleased to announce the availability of grant funds to support new projects that support and/or work towards one or more of the Benchmarks established by Northfield Promise:

ALL Northfield children will:

  • Be connected to the community during the early childhood years
  • Be ready for Kindergarten
  • Be at grade level in reading and math by the end of 3rd grade
  • Exhibit physical, social, and emotional well-being in elementary school
  • Be at grade level in reading and math by the end of 6th grade
  • Have a connection with a caring adult beyond his/her parents as he/she transitions to middle school
  • Have interests, goals, and a vision for the future by the end of 8th grade
  • Exhibit physical, social, and emotional well-being in high school
  • Report feeling connected and engaged in his/her high school and community
  • Graduate from high school with a plan to reach his/her full potential


In 2014-15, HCI hopes to fund many grassroots projects led by individuals or new groups.  The Investing in Youth grants are intended as seed money to start a new project, not to sustain recurring projects or an ongoing program.  If you have a great idea for a new project, we hope you will apply!

You don’t need to be part of a formal group to apply. Youth are especially encouraged to submit an application to help make your ideas happen.

Funds up to $300 per application are available. HCI gives the highest priority to applications submitted by Northfield youth.

Farm Bike Tour 2013 pic 2The application process is designed to be easy!

  • Click HERE for the HCI Investing in Youth Grant Application.
  • Haga clic AQUI para ver la versión en español de la “Invertiendo en la Joventud” solicitud de becas de la Iniciativa de la Comunidad Saludable de Northfield.
  • Save the Word document to your computer.
  • Complete the form.
  • Save the completed form to your computer.
  • Email the document as an attachment to Amy Lunderby.
  • Submit application by the 8th of the month for a decision that same month.

Special priority is given to projects:

  • that are new and have not applied for HCI grant funds in the past
  • designed and/or led by youth
  • taking place over multiple sessions (meeting more than once)
  • involving youth who do not have access to other opportunities
  • taking place after school, on weekends, in the evenings, and/or during school breaks

However, this does not exclude others from applying!SAMSUNG

We unfortunately do not fund capital improvements  or capital expenses.  Also, in general, our preference is not to support trips, conferences, conventions, retreats, or to cover administrative or event staffing costs.  In addition, we generally do NOT fund fundraising events.  While a group, organization, or individual can apply more than once a year if they have different projects, we expect to only fund a specific project one time in a year.

If you have ANY questions or would like a paper copy of the application, contact Amy Lunderby, Investing in Youth Grants Coordinator, 507-664-3531.

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis while funds are available and are reviewed monthly by the HCI Board.  Applications must be received by the 8th of the month to be reviewed at that month’s HCI Board meeting.  All grant recipients must complete a final report at the conclusion of the event/activity.  Failure to complete and return this form jeopardizes future funding.
Freshman Fun Night 2013

To view the 2014-15 Investing in Youth grant projectsClick HERE


Archived mini-grant project infomation:

*2008-2009 mini-grants projects

*2009-2010 mini-grant projects

*2010-2011 mini-grant projects

* 2011-2012 mini-grant projects

* 2012-2013 Investing in Youth grants projects 

* 2013-2014 Investing in Youth grants projects 


Funding for these events is made possible through funding from the Northfield Area United Way and Northfield Hospital and Clinics.