To be considered for a 2016-17 Wild Idea Grant your organization must meet the following criteria:
- Wild Idea grants will be one time grants distributed in the spring of the 2016-17 Wild Hockey season. Continuing or renewable grants are not encouraged.
- Grant amounts will range from $10,000 to $50,000 each.
- Grants will be distributed in two categories of giving: Wild Idea Hockey grants and Wild Idea Health grants.
- The deadline to submit applications is November 13, 2016. The Minnesota Wild Foundation Board of Directors and staff will review applications and successful applicants will be notified in April 2017.
- Grants will be distributed by May 2017. Please consider program/project timing when applying for a grant.
Criteria for applicants:
- Your organization must be a registered 501c3 charity located in and serving communities in the state of Minnesota that has demonstrated stable and continuous management. Your organization must be able to provide a copy of your IRS determination letter. Your organization must be able to provide a recent Form 990. Your organization must also be registered as a charity with the Minnesota State Attorney General's office. Your organization must have a board of directors and be guided by clear internal and administrative standards and policies. Your organization must be able to provide a list of Board of Directors and your organization's bylaws. Your organization's mission must align with the Minnesota Wild Foundation's mission "To support the game of hockey and to improve the lives of families in the State of Hockey". Wild Idea Hockey grant proposals must benefit programs that will grow the game of hockey or provide an introduction or access to the game.
- Special consideration for programs that recruit new players, provide equipment and remove any physical, geographical, or financial barriers to the game of hockey.
- Wild Idea Health grant proposals must benefit specific programs or projects that improve the lives of or support families of a child battling a serious illness or medical condition.
- Specific programs or projects with clearly outlined funding needs are more likely to be considered.
- Your organization will be asked to provide an outline for how you would publicize receipt, purpose and impact of your Wild Idea grant.
- Following receipt of each grant, beneficiaries will be required to provide a summary report to the Minnesota Wild Foundation demonstrating how the organization distributed the grant and the benefit to those served within the timeline provided.
Proposals for the following are ineligible for consideration for a Wild Idea Grant:
- Projects or programs that benefit an individual.
- For sponsorship of events or fundraisers (walks, runs, galas, golf tournaments etc.).
- Capital campaigns, building or improvement projects.
- To pay operational expenses, including salaries.
- Private foundations or endowment programs, international agencies or nonprofits that benefit individuals or organizations outside the state of Minnesota.
- Churches and religious organizations, political parties or political activities.
- The Wild Foundation will not provide grants to organizations soliciting requests on behalf of a third party. All requests must be received directly from the charity in need of the grant.