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Innovation Funding to award $500,000 in 2019

Sourcewell's 2019 Innovation Funding application process is open now through May 8. This year will mark the sixth consecutive year city and county entities within Region Five--Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and Wadena--have the opportunity to pa...

Sourcewell's 2019 Innovation Funding application process is open now through May 8.

This year will mark the sixth consecutive year city and county entities within Region Five-Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and Wadena-have the opportunity to partner with Sourcewell and make special projects and initiatives come to life.

The Innovation Funding program was initially created in 2014 to help public agencies in Region Five fund initiatives aimed at producing collaboration and improving the region. The program promotes outside-the-box teamwork on projects that might not otherwise come to fruition.

This is an annual funding opportunity, with $420,235 awarded in 2016, $450,000 awarded in 2017, and another $500,000 awarded in 2018. This year, Sourcewell is slated to award an additional $500,000.

This funding opportunity includes an Innovation Funding review day when representatives from Region Five entities attend a day-long priority setting and application review to rank and select awarded projects.

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Sourcewell does not select projects. Voting is done by Region Five cities, counties and other government associations in attendance. Review Day for 2019 will take place 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. May 22 at Sourcewell's campus in Staples.

For more information about Innovation Funding, including eligibility requirements and a link to the application, visit www.sourcewell.co/Funding2019 or email gov.solutions@sourcewell-mn.gov .

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