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Participate in Review Day and impact your community

In June, Sourcewell will award tens of thousands of dollars to local government and nonprofit organizations through the Innovation Funding program.

Those involved with local government and nonprofit organizations are invited to Review Day. For the safety of all participants, Review Day will be held online. This means you can attend from the comfort of your home office or place of business.

Following presentations from each funding applicant, participants have an opportunity to ask questions, then cast their individual vote. The programs with the most votes are forwarded on to the Sourcewell Board of Directors for final approval.

Local Government Review Day
June 10, 2020
Where: Online – this year’s Review Day will be held virtually.
Who: Elected officials, staff, and board members of local government organizations in our five-county area of service (Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd, and Wadena counties)

Nonprofit Review Day
June 17, 2020
Where: Online – this year’s Review Day will be held virtually.
Who: Volunteers, staff, and board members of nonprofit organizations in our five-county area of service (Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd, and Wadena counties)

Preregistration is required to participate for both Review Day events. Find additional details at

Proposed projects for Local Government Review Day:


Request: Vacuum Trailer
Requestor: City of Walker (collaborating with the city of Pine River)

The City of Walker would purchase a vacuum trailer to utilize, collaborate, and share with all communities in Sourcewell's five-county service area. The vacuum trailer's primary use would be to remove pollutants from storm water catch basins and storm scepters. Other uses include sanitary sewer maintenance, hydro excavating, valve exercising, and utilizing software to track said valves and locations. The population of the main location for the vacuum trailer/valve exerciser is approximately 3,000, which more than doubles in summer months. The geographic region includes the Leech Lake and Pine River watersheds. In relation, the project would directly help with pollutants that flow with storm water into Birch, Cass, and Leech lakes, as well as the Pine River. Indirectly, it would affect many other lakes, rivers, and streams.

Request: Safe Families for Children
Requestor: Morrison County (collaborating with Cass, Crow Wing, Todd, and Wadena counties)

Developing a partnership with Safe Families For Children to create community interventions in an effort to keep families and children together. 

SFFC exists to support vulnerable children and parents in crisis by creating extended family through a community of volunteers and to keep children safe, families intact, and prevent them from entering, or re-entering, into child welfare and deflecting children from foster care. They focus on strengthening and supporting parents in crisis by providing breathing room, creating a circle of support that focuses on the desires of the parents to meet identified goals, and provides family coaching that facilitates communication and relationships between families to build understanding, empathy, and compassion.  

Request: Wired Kids

Requestor: Cass County (collaborating with Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd, and Wadena counties)

Bring "Wired Kids" by Cari Ebert training to Sourcewell's five-county service area.

This course is designed to help guide early childhood professionals as they examine the evidence of how excessive screen time is affecting early child development. It is also geared toward pediatric professionals including, but not limited to, early childhood educators, child care providers, pediatric speech-language pathologists, occupational and physical therapists, social workers, psychologists,nurses, pediatricians, public health employees, and early intervention providers.


About Sourcewell

Sourcewell is a self-sustaining government organization, partnering with education, government, and nonprofits to empower student and community success. Throughout North America, we offer a cooperative purchasing program with more than 400 awarded suppliers on contract. Sourcewell is driven by service and the ability to strategically reinvest in member communities.