Innovation Grants

SHRM Foundation Innovation Grants provide SHRM state councils and chapters with grants to drive big, bold and innovative ideas to drive change in their communities. 

Further information about this year's SHRM Foundation Innovation Grants will be posted in February 2020. 

"If I can make a difference in my community, so can you"


The South Central Minnesota SHRM Chapter, led by Chapter President Cassie Kohn, developed Operation Employment: an initiative to connect service members and employers in their community. This program was made possible through an Innovation Grant from the SHRM Foundation, which the chapter won in the fall of 2018. This video, captured during an Operation Employment Boss Lift in May of 2019, shares more about the program and the efforts from the local chapter to make a difference in their community

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Past Innovation Grant Winners

2019 Innovation Grant Winners

Grants awarded to SHRM state councils and chapters with the goal of driving veteran employment in their communities. 

  • Northwest Arksans HR Management Association
    Program: Workforce Inclusion Strategies for Military-connected Individuals and Employers
  • Montana State Council
    Program: Montana's Military Works
  • Sheboygan Area SHRM
    Program: Connecting Military with Employers
  • South Carolina SHRM State Council
    Program: S.C. Veterans Employment Summit
  • Ilinois SHRM State Council
    Program: Bridging Relationships to Serve Veterans

2018 Innovation Grant Winners

Grants awarded to SHRM state councils and chapters with the goal of driving veteran employment in their communities. 

  • South Central Minnesota SHRM
    Program: Operation Employment - educating employers on how to support employees serving in the National Guard and Reserves
  • Northwest Arkansas Human Resource Association
    Program: coaching retiring officers on translating their military experience to civilian leadership positions 
  • HR Management Association of Palm Beach County, Fla.
    Program: helping HR professionals write job descriptions for veterans and read veteran resumes
  • Illinois SHRM State Council
    Program: donating professional services to veterans as they prepare to re-enter the workforce 
  • Washington State Council SHRM
    Program: formally recognizing employers committed to veteran hiring 
  • San Diego SHRM
    Program: providing courses and mentorship to transitioning service members as they search and interview for jobs in the civilian workplace

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