Apply for a WINGS Grant

NOTE: The grant application process is currently closed. The next grant cycle will open in January 2021. However, general information about our grants process is listed below. Additional application materials and instructions will be posted on this website during the granting period.

In 2019, WINGS surpassed the $1 million mark of awards given over the last 19 years. WINGS accepts grants applications from late-January to mid-March each year. Grants are awarded in June. Applicants may apply for a WINGS Annual Grant and/or a WINGS “Dare to Dream” Grant. See below for information about both types of grants.

General Information about the WINGS “ANNUAL” Grants

Approximately 20 annual grants of varying amounts are given each year. Grants must be spent during the year received. WINGS seeks projects with an emphasis on the following areas:

BASIC NEEDS
  • Housing Stability: Provide shelter and/or housing services to women and youth who are homeless or are at risk of homelessness.
  • Food Stability: Increase access to healthy food for women and youth.
  • Economic Stability: Increase economic stability for women and youth.
  • Safe Environments: Support safe environments for women and youth.
  • Elderly: Support safe environments and increase housing, food, and economic stability for the elderly.
EDUCATION
  • Early Learning: Support early learning efforts in preschool and elementary school for children facing economic barriers or from under-represented populations.
  • Out-of-School Programs: Support access for youth with economic barriers or from under-represented populations to quality out-of-school programs to enhance academics, athletics or artistic endeavors.
  • Special Needs/At-Risk Youth & Adults: Support the learning of vocational and life skills for special needs and/or at-risk youth and adults.
  • Adult Learning: Support educational and developmental efforts of women facing economic barriers or from under-represented populations.
PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH
  • Healthcare: Enable access to healthcare for women and youth who face economic barriers, a lack of insurance, or come from under-represented populations.
  • Healthy Behaviors: Help engage youth and women in healthy, preventive behaviors.

Funding Priorities

WINGS prefers to fund programs/projects that:

  • address financial need and increase access to opportunity
  • offer a proactive, innovative approach to solving a community problem
  • address systemic change
  • build capacity by leveraging resources through partnerships with other funders
  • enhance an organization’s abilities to carry out its mission
  • result in tangible outcomes
  • significantly impact the organization or the program

WINGS is a founding member of the “Northfield Promise: Every child. Cradle to career.” collective impact initiative. As such, WINGS seeks to align its funding to help more Northfield children and youth reach the 10 Northfield Promise benchmarks.

WINGS strives to work alongside the city of Northfield in order to make the greatest impact in addressing local needs.  Therefore, we seek to align grants with the city’s strategic plan. Please see the city web site for more information: www.ci.northfield.mn.us/1148/City-Strategic-Plan

General Information about the WINGS “DARE TO DREAM” Grants

Grant Funds Available: $20,000

  • May take up to three years to use the funds
  • A timeline for the usage of funds must be outlined in the grant application

Dare to Dream Grant projects will be evaluated based on the following criteria: 

  • INNOVATION – Projects that are new to the Northfield community or innovative new dimensions to an existing project.
  • BROAD AND LONG-TERM IMPACT – Projects that have the potential to impact a large number of women, youth, and/or elderly and have a long-term effect beyond the three years of the grant.
  • NEED – Unfunded or underfunded projects that address a significant need in the Northfield community.
  • WOMEN AND/OR YOUTH – Projects that benefit women and/or youth in the Northfield community. Project proposals that benefit elderly or underserved populations are welcomed.
  • COLLABORATION – Incorporating collaborative efforts of multiple non-profits will strengthen your application.

“ANNUAL” Grant Application Instructions/Forms

NOTE: The grant application process is currently closed. The next grant cycle will open in January 2021. However, general information about our grants process is listed below. Additional application materials and instructions will be posted on this website during the granting period.

Please read all the instructions below before starting the application.

The WINGS “ANNUAL” Grant Application must be submitted electronically by March 13, 2020. It consists of two parts:

  1. Online Data Form: If you are applying for multiple grants you need to submit a new Online Data Form with each application.
  2. Annual Grant Application Form: Complete the application and save as a PDF and email to grants@wings-mn.org. Enter both the name of your organization and the project title in the subject line of the email. In a separate attachment, provide a copy of your organization’s financial statement or an annual report. Verification that your grant application was received will be emailed to you by March 30. Granting decisions will be complete and notices sent by the first week of May.

“DARE TO DREAM” Grant Application Instructions/Forms

Please read all the instructions below before starting the application.

The WINGS “DARE TO DREAM” Grant Application must be submitted electronically by March 13, 2020. It consists of two parts:

  1. Online Data Form: If you are applying for multiple grants you need to submit a new Online Data Form with each application.
  2. Dare to Dream Grant Application formComplete the application and save as a PDF and email to grants@wings-mn.org. Enter both the name of your organization and the project title in the subject line of the email. In a separate attachment, provide a copy of your organization’s financial statement or an annual report. Verification that your grant application was received will be emailed to you by March 30. Granting decisions will be complete and notices sent by the first week of May.

Questions?

Contact Grants Chair, Sarah Swan McDonald at grants@wings-mn.org