Investing in Youth Grants

HCI Investing in Youth logoEach year, HCI funds 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.

HCI is fully committed to the work and goals of Northfield Promise, a movement to help all Northfield children thrive, from cradle to career. In recognition of this commitment, all Investing in Youth Grant projects/events MUST be working towards one or more of the Northfield Promise Benchmarks. When applying, you will be asked to list the specific benchmark your project promotes, from this list:

Northfield Promise Benchmarks 

IMG_9466ALL 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
  • Shakespeare 3Have 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

Does your project/event have a music-related theme?  If yes, be sure to make a note of that on your application.  HCI will award up to two “Roger Jenni Investing in Youth Grants” each year.  Each of these grants will be awarded up to $400 to promote the love of music for area youth.  Who was Roger Jenni?  See his biography BELOW.

The Investing in Youth Grant application process is designed to be easy!

  • Click HERE for the HCI Investing in Youth Grant Application.
  • Save the Word document to your computer.
  • Complete the form.
  • Save the completed form to your computer.
  • Email the document as an attachment to
  • Submit application by the 8th of the month for a decision that same month
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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!

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.

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


Roger Jenni

Roger Jenni

Dr. Roger Jenni (1946-2015) taught band to elementary students at Northfield Public Schools for nearly 40 years.  Roger was known and loved for his enthusiasm for music and for all youth.  The passion that Roger Jenni brought to his work not only touched the students he taught, but also parents, his colleagues and fellow teachers.