The Northland Foundation's Grant Program provides financial and technical resources to 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofits, schools, and other public entities serving Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis Counties. Support is directed toward two priorities areas: Children, Youth, and Families and Individual and Community Wellbeing. Applicants are also encouraged to incorporate one or more strategic approaches into their work. For more details, review the Grant Guidelines and Strategic Approaches. For Grant Program questions, please contact Erik Torch, the Northland Foundation’s Director of Grantmaking.
The Northland Foundation also offers small grants through the KIDS PLUS Youth In Philanthropy Program. Community and school groups and nonprofit organizations may apply for up to $1,000 for youth-led projects.
Children, Youth, and Families Priority
The Northland Foundation focuses on children, youth, and families, with support for programming that delivers:
- Positive interaction between youth and caring adults.
- Early childhood care and education.
- High-quality youth enrichment activities for in-school or out-of-school time.
- Parenting and grandparenting support.
- Promotion of respect, diversity, and inclusion.
- Children and youth-focused programming that engages multiple generations.
- Youth leadership, civic involvement, volunteerism, and philanthropy.
Individual and Community Wellbeing Priority
The Northland Foundation promotes the wellbeing and dignity of all people with support for programming that offers:
- Job training, employment, and education for people with low incomes or who are living in poverty.
- Asset building, including home ownership and financial literacy.
- Neighborhood revitalization and safe, affordable housing.
- Enhancing the lives of people with disabilities.
- Homeless issues and basic needs, such as food security.
- Prevention of domestic violence, abuse, and sex trafficking.
- Promotion of diversity, equity, and inclusion for all people.
- Helping older adults maintain independence and providing support for their caregivers.