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Northland Foundation Grants

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The following 81 grants totaling $553,268 were awarded between July 1 and September 30, 2017.

Children, Youth, and Families

Kickstart Preschool, LLC, Two Harbors

$50,000

For child care program expansion with funding provided by the State Minnesota and the support of the Northland Foundation.

 

Esko Public Schools - ISD #099, Esko

$1,000

 

Eveleth-Gilbert Public Schools - #2154, Eveleth

$1,000

 

Invest Early, Grand Rapids

$4,000

 

Barnum Schools - ISD #091, Barnum

$1,000

 

Hibbing Public Schools - ISD #701, Hibbing

$1,000

 

Virginia School District #706, Virginia

$1,000

 

Hermantown Schools - ISD #700, Hermantown

$1,000

 

Proctor Public Schools - ISD #704, Proctor

$1,000

 

Lake Superior School District - ISD #381, Two Harbors

$1,000

 

ISD #2142, St Louis County Schools, Virginia

$1,000

 

Duluth Public Schools Academy, Duluth

$1,000

 

Cook County Schools - ISD #166, Grand Marais

$1,000

 

Cloquet Public Schools - ISD #094, Cloquet

$1,000

 

Silver Bay Early Childhood Coalition, Silver Bay

$1,000

 

Moose Lake Schools - ISD #097, Moose Lake

$1,000

Duluth Early Childhood Family Education, Duluth

$5,000

To provide support to first time parents who have mental health and chemical dependency issues.

Start Early Funders Coalition, Minneapolis

$3,000

To strengthen the early childhood system and improve outcomes for young children in Minnesota.

McGregor Schools - ISD #004, McGregor

$25,000

To support out-of-school-time enrichment programming for McGregor students..

Cloquet Public Schools - ISD #094, Cloquet

$3,000

To support efforts to create a positive and supportive climate at the new Cloquet Middle School.

Aitkin County Environmental Services, Aitkin

$1,000

To support improved access to oral health care for Cook County youth.

Cook County Schools - ISD #166, Grand Marais

$5,000

To support programming that expands students’ access to knowledge of diverse cultures.

Polinsky Medical Rehabilitation Center, Duluth

$5,000

To provide programming promoting secure attachment between parents and young children to families with children who have special needs.

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Opportunities for Self-Reliance

North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity, Virginia

$20,000

To increase supportive services to Habitat partner families.

Center City Housing Corporation, Duluth

$20,000

To support enrichment programming for homeless children.

Second Harvest North Central Food Bank, Grand Rapids

$10,000

To support efforts to reduce childhood hunger in Itasca and Aitkin counties.

Arc Northland, Duluth

$2,000

To support efforts to increase the engagement of people with low incomes in public policy.

North Shore Horizons, Inc., Two Harbors

$17,000

To support housing with services for victims of domestic violence.

Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency, Virginia

$814

To support a Community Connect event providing access to resources for people with low-incomes.

Range Transitional Housing Inc., Virginia

$1,800

To support a Community Connect event providing access to resources for people with low incomes.

United Way of Northeastern Minnesota, Chisholm

$5,000

To increase understanding of the dynamics of poverty to human service professionals.

United Way of Northeastern Minnesota, Chisholm

$10,000

To support increased marketing efforts to strengthen the work of the United Way of Northeastern Minnesota.

Damiano of Duluth, Inc., Duluth

$2,636

Support for income tax preparation services for people with low incomes.

Citizens for Backus, International Falls

$15,000

General operating support for the Backus Community Center in International Falls.

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Capacity Building

Apple Tree Learning Center, Virginia

$5,000

To provide training to the board of directors on strengthening governance.

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Economic Development & Community Vitality

ReGen Northland, Eveleth

$3,750

To support efforts to increase community engagement across the Iron Range.

Blandin Foundation, Grand Rapids

$1,000

To support efforts to expand broadband access in rural communities.

Minnesota Council on Foundations, Minneapolis

$4,450

Membership support for 2017 programs and activities in northeastern Minnesota.

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, Saint Paul

$750

Membership support for programs and activities in northeastern Minnesota for 2017.

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Rural Aging Initiative Capacity Building Grants

The following grants were awarded through the Northland Foundation's Rural Aging Initiative, in support of northeastern Minnesota aging services organizations to help older adults and caregivers live well in their homes and communities.

Northern Itasca Hospital District, Bigfork

$25,000

To support organizational capacity building to improve services to older adults and their caregivers.

Cook County Council on Aging, Grand Marais

$15,986

To support organizational capacity building to improve services to older adults and their caregivers.

Volunteer Services of Carlton County, Inc., Cloquet

$24,345

To support organizational capacity building to improve services to older adults and their caregivers.

Care Partners of Cook County, Grand Marais

$25,000

To support organizational capacity building to improve services to older adults and their caregivers.

Community Partners - Two Harbors Block Nurse Program, Two Harbors

$15,386

To support organizational capacity building to improve services to older adults and their caregivers.

Aitkin County CARE, Inc., Aitkin

$25,000

To support organizational capacity building to improve services to older adults and their caregivers.

Legal Aid Service of Northeastern Minnesota, Duluth

$24,182

To support a Community Connect event providing access to resources for people with low incomes.

Duluth Lighthouse for the Blind Inc., Duluth

$25,000

To support organizational capacity building to improve services to older adults and their caregivers.

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Rural Aging Initiative Implementation Grants

The following grants were awarded through the Northland Foundation's Rural Aging Initiative, providing support for older adults in northeastern Minnesota AGE to age sites to live well in their homes and communities.

Oshki Ogimaag Charter School, Grand Portage

$10,000

To support intergenerational programming through the Rural Aging Initiative.

Proctor Public Schools - ISD #704, Proctor

$15,000

To support intergenerational programming through the Rural Aging Initiative.

Proctor Public Schools - ISD #704, Proctor

$5,000

To engage older adults in helping boost academic achievement..

Aitkin Public Schools - ISD #001, Aitkin

$5,000

To engage older adults in helping boost academic achievement..

Moose Lake Schools - ISD #097, Moose Lake

$5,000

To engage older adults in helping boost academic achievement.

Moose Lake Schools - ISD #097, Moose Lake

$15,000

To support intergenerational programming through the Rural Aging Initiative.

McGregor KIDS PLUS / Something Cool, Inc., McGregor

$15,000

To support intergenerational programming through the Rural Aging Initiative.

McGregor KIDS PLUS / Something Cool, Inc., McGregor

$5,000

To engage older adults in helping boost academic achievement..

Lake Superior School District - ISD #381, Two Harbors

$15,000

To support intergenerational programming through the Rural Aging Initiative.

Lake Superior School District - ISD #381, Two Harbors

$5,000

To engage older adults in helping boost academic achievement..

Chisholm KIDS PLUS, Chisholm

$15,000

To support intergenerational programming through the Rural Aging Initiative.

Cloquet Public Schools - ISD #094, Cloquet

$15,000

To support intergenerational programming through the Rural Aging Initiative.

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Rural Aging Initiative Jump Start Grants

The following grants were awarded through the Northland Foundation's Rural Aging Initiative, in support of innovative projects and programs to support northeastern Minnesota older adults to live well in their homes and communities.

Floodwood Services and Training, Inc., Floodwood

$5,000

To support efforts to increase community understanding of dementia and resources available.

Miller-Dwan Foundation, Duluth

$5,000

To support efforts to raise awareness about advance care directives in the Duluth area.

Still Dreaming, LLC, Santa Fe

$5,000

To engage aging service organizations and other northeastern Minnesota stakeholders on the value of involving older adults in the arts.

Northwoods Partners, Ely

$5,000

To increase resources and supports to people with dementia and their caregivers.

Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency, Virginia

$5,000

To support efforts to reduce social isolation of older adults in St. Louis, Lake, and Cook counties.

Community Partners - Two Harbors Block Nurse Program, Two Harbors

$5,000

To support the pilot of Memory Cafes in Lake County.

Aitkin County CARE, Inc., Aitkin

$5,000

To pilot the use of technology to connect caregivers in rural communities.

Well Being Development, Ely

$5,000

To increase outreach to older adults with mental illness.

Legal Aid Service of Northeastern Minnesota, Duluth

$5,000

To improve services at elder law legal clinics in rural communities.

Duluth Lighthouse for the Blind Inc, Duluth

$5,000

To increase access of technology and tools to assist older adults with vision loss.

North Shore Area Partners, Silver Bay

$5,000

To support new efforts to provide chore and other services to older adults in the Silver Bay area.

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Minnesota Power Foundation Youth In Philanthropy

The following 12 grants totaling $9,169 were awarded in October 2017 by a board comprised of high school students from throughout the region, with guidance from adult mentors, to support youth-led school and community projects. These grants are made possible thanks to the Minnesota Power Foundation.

Cherry Schools - ISD #2142, Iron

$500

To help students identify, record, and preserve their school forest through photography.

Girl Scouts of MN/WI Lakes & Pines, Duluth

$1,000

To support the purchase of a vision screener that will help many Duluth children and youth get free vision screenings.

Story Portage, Ely

$1,000

To create and implement a student-led theatrical production engaging the whole Ely community.

Duluth Area Family YMCA, Duluth

$1,000

To support young leaders to be active citizens through the process of learning about local politics and government with their peers.

Northern Lights Community School, Warba

$428

To create an herb garden made up of culinary and healing herbs that will be shared with the students and the school chef for use in school lunches.

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, Duluth

$430

To provide computer access for homeless youth to seek and fill out job applications as well as search for permanent housing.

Good Knight Jam, Babbitt

$1,000

To support the Babbitt skating arena by offering a day of fun for all children and their families.

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northland, Duluth

$832

To support the Photography Club, in which youth learn about photography, go on field trips to take photos, and share their art in a portfolio.

North St. Louis County 4-H Federation, Virginia

$400

To support the student-led creation of birthday bags for families that are unable to afford all the ingredients for a cake, candles, and card.

Recreational Experiences Achieving Community Harmony (REACH), Cloquet

$1,000

To expand the SOS Team to Esko students and provide opportunities to raise suicide awareness, support peers, share coping skills, and more.

Ordean East Middle School - ISD #709, Duluth

$829

To design and create shelving, storage, and potting features for their student-run school greenhouse.

Superior High School, Superior

$750

In support of high school CSI Biology and Chemistry students developing and implementing an outdoor science activity at the Superior School Forest for area 5th graders.

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