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Northland Foundation Grants

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The Northland Foundation awarded 54 grants totaling $380,225 between July 1 and September 30, 2018. The 13 Youth In Philanthropy grants totaling $8,117 were awarded by the youth grantmaking board in October 2018.

Children, Youth, and Families

School Districts, Northeastern Minnesota

$17,000

In support of planning and activities to strengthen the PreK to Grade 3 learning continuum, awarded to school district and school teams that attended the 2018 Early Childhood Summit.

 

Proctor Public Schools - ISD #704, Proctor

$1,000

 

Duluth Public Schools Academy, Duluth

$1,000

 

Silver Bay Early Childhood Coalition, Silver Bay

$1,000

 

Barnum Schools - ISD #091, Barnum

$1,000

 

Mesabi East Early Childhood Coalition, Aurora

$1,000

 

St. Louis County Schools - ISD #2142, Virginia

$1,000

 

Hermantown Schools - ISD #700, Hermantown

$1,000

 

Lake Superior School District - ISD #381, Two Harbors

$1,000

 

Cloquet Public Schools - ISD #094, Cloquet

$1,000

 

Ely Community Resource, Inc., Ely

$1,000

 

Duluth Public Schools - ISD #709, Duluth

$5,000

 

Virginia School District - ISD #706, Virginia

$1,000

 

Esko Public Schools - ISD #099, Esko

$1,000

Virginia School District - ISD #706, Virginia

$10,000

To support staff development of K-2 teachers and paraprofessionals to strengthen social emotional programming for students.

Nashwauk-Keewatin Schools - ISD #319, Nashwauk

$20,000

To support out-of-school time programming for elementary aged children in the Nashwauk-Keewatin Schools.

Friends of the Finland Community, Finland

$15,000

To support out-of-school time enrichment programming for youth in the Finland area..

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northland, Duluth

$20,000

To support out-of-school time enrichment programming for students in the Grand Rapids and Greenway School Districts.

Mobility Mania, Grand Rapids

$5,000

To support youth leadership and enrichment opportunities in Ball Club, MN.

Duluth Public Schools - ISD #709, Duluth

$5,000

To support a new program to help students of color explore career opportunities as teachers.

Lincoln Park Middle School Collaborative, Duluth

$20,000

To pilot a school-based intervention program aimed at reducing drug and alcohol use among high-risk teenagers in the Lincoln Park Middle School in Duluth and in the Virginia School District ISD #706.

Polinsky Medical Rehabilitation Center, Duluth

$3,150

To provide educational programming for parents of children with neurodevelopmental disorders to help promote secure attachment between parents and children.

Duluth Early Childhood Family Education, Duluth

$5,000

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

Ostara Initiative, Minneapolis

$15,000

To provide prenatal and parenting supports to pregnant women and mothers who are incarcerated in northeastern Minnesota.

Lincoln Park Children and Families Collaborative, Duluth

$7,500

To provide parenting supports and education to families with children in the Lincoln Park neighborhood.

Kids Closet of Duluth, Duluth

$5,000

To support access to clothing for children in need.

Oshki Ogimaag Charter School, Grand Portage

$4,000

To provide additional enrichment opportunities for students during the school day.

Deer River Schools - ISD #317, Deer River

$25,000

To support increased family outreach as part of the Full Service Community School model.

Just Kids Dental, Two Harbors

$10,000

To provide preventative oral hygiene services for children without access to dental care.

South Ridge School - ISD #2142, Culver

$3,500

To provide in-school enrichment programming that helps students explore issues of implicit bias, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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Individual and Community Wellbeing

Minnesota Diversified Industries, Grand Rapids

$10,000

To provide personal and professional skill development to help people with disabilities thrive in the workplace.

Range Transitional Housing, Inc., Virginia

$1,800

To help people with low incomes in northern St. Louis County connect to available resources.

Citizens for Backus, International Falls

$5,000

To provide a summer meal program to children and adults in International Falls.

Second Harvest North Central Food Bank, Grand Rapids

$10,000

To support programming to reduce the incidence of childhood hunger in Itasca and Aitkin counties.

Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse, Superior

$20,000

To provide emergency housing and other services to victims of domestic violence.

Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs, Duluth

$20,000

To provide services that increase the safety for victims of domestic violence.

United Way of Carlton County, Cloquet

$3,000

To support educational programming to help Carlton County organizations and residents develop a deeper understanding of poverty and its impacts.

Damiano of Duluth, Inc., Duluth

$20,000

To support expanded services to people with low incomes.

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Capacity Building

United Way of Northeastern Minnesota, Chisholm

$15,000

To strengthen the capacity of the United Way to provide funding and programming in northern St. Louis and Koochiching counties.

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Economic Development & Community Vitality

Blandin Foundation, Grand Rapids

$1,000

To support efforts to expand broadband access in rural communities.

APEX, Duluth

$10,000

To support a Workforce Skills Assessment Project.

Anderson Center, Duluth

$600

To support education opportunities for area businesses and economic development professionals.

Chisholm Downtown Revitalization, Chisholm

$2,500

To support community vitality efforts in Chisholm.

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, Saint Paul

$750

Membership support for programs and activities in northeastern Minnesota.

Chisholm Community Foundation, Chisholm

$1,000

To support community-building activities in Chisholm.

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Youth In Philanthropy

The following grants were awarded by the Northland Foundation's KIDS PLUS Youth In Philanthropy Board, a group of 15 high school students from across northeastern Minnesota guided by four adult volunteer mentors.

REACH Mentoring Program, Cloquet

$1,000

To expand the SOS (Students Offering Support) Team to students in Wrenshall and provide opportunities to raise suicide awareness, support peers, and share coping skills.

Superior High School, Superior

$1,000

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.

Boys and Girls Clubs of the Northland, Duluth

$798

To provide club members with access to clean clothes, personal hygiene items, and necessities.

Robert J. Elkington Middle School, Grand Rapids

$429

To support a project that provides a medical scooter to help injured students move safely around school.

Queen of Peace School, Cloquet

$700

To support raised garden beds, designed and built by students, with which students will plant, maintain, and harvest fruits and vegetables.

Cooperation Station Daycare, Grand Marais

$1,000

To support the creation of a playhouse that will be used by children 0-5 years of age.

Northeast Range School - ISD #2142, Babbitt

$400

To create a space for students to film projects, produce videos, and create newscast content.

Northeast Range School - ISD #2142, Babbitt

$240

To support the design and construction of a custom retro arcade cabinet that can be programmed by the youth center.

Ely Knight Hawks 4-H Club, Ely

$450

To promote the local 4-H program by hosting a puzzle derby, planned and implemented by youth, so that people of all ages can gather and have fun together.

Laura MacArthur Elementary School - ISD #709, Duluth

$500

To support community-building activities in Chisholm.

North St. Louis County 4-H Federation, Virginia

$300

To provide needed supplies that will strengthen the local Rabbit Bowl Team and its ability to compete with other clubs around the state.

Superior High School, Superior

$300

To support the Pledgemakers through their special activities that show kids that you can have fun on a Friday night without drugs or alcohol. Pledegmakers are students who commit to a drug- and alcohol-free high school career.

Duluth East Daredevils Robotics Team, Duluth

$1,000

To support the East High School FIRST Robotics team through planned community events for younger kids. These events promote STEM learning while sharing their love for robotics.

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Rural Aging Initiative Implementation Grants

The following grants were awarded through the Northland Foundation's Rural Aging Initiative to help older adults and caregivers live well in their homes and communities.

Aitkin Public Schools - ISD #001, Aitkin

$5,000

To engage older adults in helping boost academic achievement.

Lake Superior School District - ISD #381, Two Harbors

$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.

Proctor Public Schools - ISD #704, Proctor

$5,000

To engage older adults in helping boost academic achievement.

McGregor KIDS PLUS/Something Cool, Inc., McGregor

$5,000

To engage older adults in helping boost academic achievement.

Ely Community Resource, Inc., Ely

$5,000

To engage older adults in helping boost academic achievement.

Floodwood KIDS PLUS, Floodwood

$15,000

To support intergenerational programming through the Rural Aging Initiative.

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Rural Aging Initiative Aging Innovations Program

The following grants were awarded through the Northland Foundation's Rural Aging Initiative to help older adults and caregivers live well in their homes and communities.

Lake Superior School District - ISD #381, Two Harbors

$1,100

To support active living and intergenerational opportunities for older adults.

Northland Assisted Living, McGregor

$20,000

For the implementation of technology to support person-centered care.

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