The Community Foundation seeks to make the region a place where everyone can feel they belong and are respected, safe, and able to thrive as part of the community. This focus is influenced by New Pluralists, a funder collaborative fostering a culture of pluralism in America (https://newpluralists.org/approach/).
Within Belonging, DSACF seeks to support efforts that align with the following objectives:
- Find strength in difference: design better solutions through our differences, not in spite of them
- Widen the circle: expand our sense of who belongs and embrace our common humanity
- Honor human dignity: listen and act from a place of mutual respect, and uphold the individual dignity, worth and potential of every person
- Take responsibility for repair: heal and strengthen our communities through confronting past and reckoning with present
- Strive for a greater sum: challenge the zero-sum view that one group’s gain is another’s loss, instead create win-win situations through curiosity, collaboration and creativity
- Increase the decision-making power of historically marginalized populations, particularly to increase equity of systems
- Amplify the perspectives of historically marginalized communities to improve quality of life throughout the community
- Implementing evidence-based, theory-informed or promising practices to increase feelings of belonging, respect, safety and ability to thrive
- Contributing to understanding of effective actions and approaches that increase feelings of belonging, respect, safety and ability to thrive
- Actions that lead to greater equity and justice with marginalized community members (including but not limited to race/ethnicity, gender, ability, income, etc.), benefitting our community as a whole
Core values that must be centered in this work:
- Systems change (i.e., fundamental shifts that address root causes of inequities),
- Deep and meaningful community engagement (i.e., processes that are accessible, redistribute power, uplift local expertise, and earn trust of people with lived experience)
- Continuous learning and improvement (i.e., delivering better outcomes by gathering and using information to assess and reflect upon success and challenges to adjust practices)
- Centering human beings (i.e., changing narratives about Black, Indigenous and People of Color, and people with low incomes, and building understanding between people with diverse identities and experiences)
- Collaboration (i.e., complex challenges cannot be solved by one organization alone, requiring partnerships and alignment of strengths.)
The Community Foundation anticipates using a cohort model to advance these shared goals that is grounded in these values and an abundance approach.
To be eligible to apply for funding, an organization must:
- Be classified as a charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or classified as an organization under Section 170(c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code or have a fiscal sponsor classified as a charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or an organization under Section 170(c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code
- Be located in or provide service to residents within: Bayfield, Douglas and Ashland Counties in northwest Wisconsin; or Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake and St. Louis Counties in northeast Minnesota; or the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa/Mashkiiziibii, the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa/Atisokanigamig, the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa/Nah-Gah-Chi-Wa-Nong, the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa/Gichi Onigaming, the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe or the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa/Gaa-Miskwaabikaang
Funding will not support endowments; religious organizations for religious activities; medical research; debt retirement; requests from re-granting organizations for funding to be used for their own grant making activities; individuals (except scholarships initiated or managed by the Community Foundation); political campaigns or lobbying; tickets for benefits; telephone solicitations; fundraising drives or activities.
$25,000 – $50,000
Community Opportunity Fund Grant Cycle
- Application available October 30, 2023 – December 22, 2023 @ 5:00 pm
- Project begin date: April 1, 2024, or later.
- If awarded, funds would be available in April 2024. Notifications will be emailed at the end of March 2024.