Innovation Funding

NJPA created the Innovation Funding program in 2014 to help schools in Region 5 (Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd, and Wadena counties) fund initiatives aimed at creating collaboration and improving the region. The program promotes outside-the-box teamwork on projects that might not otherwise get off the ground. Any school in Region 5 can apply to receive funding. Selections are made in the spring. Superintendents from around the region provide feedback and select which projects to fund that will successfully impact our region, and NJPA provides financial and logistical support.


Small Project Partnerships

Small Project Partnership funding aims to support smaller projects in Region 5 schools that may not meet the traditional Innovation Funding scope. Funding, starting at $2,500, is provided as a financial match based on the school district's enrollment size. Applications are available year-round in the links below.

2017-2018 Application

2017-2018 Public Purpose Checklist


Some of the current projects in process for 2017-2018 funding:

  • Pottery Kiln
  • Chromebooks
  • Climbing Wall
  • Standing Desks
  • Lego League
  • Flexible Seating