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Organizations that are applying for a Small Grant ($5,000 and under) or Large Grant (over $5,000) are encouraged to first contact Erik Torch, Director of Grantmaking, (218) 723-4040 or 1-800-433-4045 to discuss their project idea. Organizations applying for grants will use a web-based portal for these two grant categories. Note: the portal entry point and application process are different, depending on the dollar amount requested.

For questions about the Grant Portal, contact Carol Chipman, Grants Manager, or call the (218) 723-4040 or 1-800-433-4045. The most current version of Google Chrome is the recommended web browser for best results using the portal. You may download Chrome here.

Those applying for a Youth In Philanthropy Grant must fill out a special application form, below, instead of using the portal.

Small Grant Application Process (for requests of $5,000 or less)

To initiate a new grant request for $5,000 or less, click on the Small Grants Portal link below.  If this is the first time you have used the portal to request a small grant, you may wish to review the following instructions before you begin: Small Grant Instructions.

Small Grant requests are reviewed within a month of each quarterly deadline. Applicants are notified of funding decisions by email. Submission deadlines are: January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1. If the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, applications are due by the end of the next business day.

Large Grant Application Process (for requests of more than $5,000)

The application process for grants more than $5,000 is a 3-step process and may take up to 90 days for a final decision.

  1. Submit an Inquiry using the portal link, below. Deadlines to submit inquiries are: January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1. If the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, inquiries are due by the end of the next business day. Inquiries are reviewed by Northland staff to determine if the request fits within the Foundation’s grantmaking priority areas of interest and are reviewed within approximately 3 weeks of each quarterly deadline. You will be notified shortly after by email of our decision.
  2. If your initial inquiry is approved to move forward, you will be invited to submit a Full Proposal that will be due within 3 weeks after receiving the invitation. 
  3. Northland staff review the Full Proposal and conduct a site visit, with final decisions made by the last week of each quarter. You will be notified by email of our decision.

If this is the first time you have used the portal to submit an Inquiry, you may wish to review the instructions first: Inquiry Instructions (335 KB pdf).

Continue with a Grant Request Already In Progress or Manage/Report on an Existing Grant

Please login using the Manage Grants & Reporting link, below, to:

  • continue working on a grant request that you have begun but not yet completed, or
  • complete reporting requirements for a grant already awarded.

Youth In Philanthropy Grant Application Process

The Minnesota Power Foundation Youth In Philanthropy Board invites young people in Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis Counties, as well as in Superior, Wisconsin, to request a grant of up to $1,000. The project and grant application must be planned, written, and carried out by young people, with the support of an adult advisor, to benefit schools, youth-serving organizations, and communities.

The Youth In Philanthropy Board meets three times per year. To have your grant proposal considered at the Fall, Winter, or Spring meeting, you must submit your application by October 1, January 1, and April 1. Please review the Grant Information and Checklist before applying.

There are two ways to access the grant application and final report form for Youth In Philanthropy grants: Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat. If you need to, you can download Adobe Acrobat here. If you have questions about the Application, contact Jan Amys, Program Associate. If you have questions about the Final Report Form, contact Carol Chipman, Grants Manager, or call (218) 723-4040 or 1-800-433-4045.

Youth In Philanthropy Grant Application

Youth In Philanthropy Final Report Form

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