Supporting student and community success
Sourcewell is a self-funded service agency charged with offering programs to support school and community success in our local region. Sourcewell's ability to reinvest is made possible through a national cooperative purchasing program.
Our Annual Report & Strategic Framework highlights the great work we did together in the last fiscal year and provides an outline of what we're currently working on for 2020-21.
Support and funding opportunities are available to members designated as cities, counties, schools, and other government organizations in our regions. We're here to help local gov and schools do collectively what they couldn't do individually. Here's a couple of examples:
Training and development
Sourcewell is committed to providing high-quality training tailored to the needs of the region. Training opportunities are available for teachers, administrators, local government staff, law enforcement, fire, and emergency responder personnel for their everyday work.
Sourcewell responds to the needs of regional counties, cities, and other government organizations looking for efficiencies and collaboration for services. Examples of shared services offered in our region include: Regional licensing specialists for childcare and adult foster care, county contract management for social services contracts, and a transition specialist in addition to other shared services.
Local government and 501(C)(3) nonprofit organizations in our five-county service area can apply for funding to support projects and initiatives through two programs: Community Impact Funding (to support large-scale projects) and Community Match Funding (to support smaller projects). Visit our funding page for program details and applications.
Our approach to providing support to schools continues to evolve as we learn the best ways to be a partner on the unique objectives of each school district. Currently, we use a formula based on student population to commit resources annually to each district. We then help them navigate our offerings to make a plan for the best use of those resources to help them achieve their district objectives. School districts can apply for Small Project Partnership funds for single or multiple projects.
In a five-year period spanning 2018-2023, Sourcewell has earmarked more than $20M for the construction of four educational facilities for students with special behavior and mental health needs in Wadena, Little Falls, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley, and Brainerd.
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