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Recent grants total nearly $400,000 including $50,000 awarded to increase child care access

During the second quarter of 2019, the Northland Foundation awarded 42 grants totaling $389,835.

“We are appreciative that the State of Minnesota has committed funding to help increase access to high-quality child care in our region.” —Tony Sertich, Northland Foundation President

Five grants of $10,000 were made to increase the supply of child care openings in the region. The five child care grants were awarded to help with the start-up four new programs that will be located in Eveleth, Aitkin, Duluth, and Hermantown, and to help expand an existing child care program located in Virginia. The $50,000 in funding for these grants was provided by the Minnesota Department of Human Services with support from the Northland Foundation.

“Solutions to the shortage of care can be found if public and private sectors – like the Northland Foundation – work together with local communities, and we continue to support the child care providers who are already doing this incredibly important job,” stated Tony Sertich, President of the Northland Foundation.

The 42 grants made April 1st through June 30th are listed here.

Children, Youth, and Families

Child Care Grants, Northeastern Minnesota

$50,000

The following five grants are awarded for child care program start-ups and expansions with funding provided by the Minnesota Department of Human Services and the support of the Northland Foundation.

 

Brandie's Little Bear Learning Center, Eveleth

$10,000

 

Hope United Methodist Church, Duluth

$10,000

 

Virginia Drop In Daycare, Virginia

$10,000

 

Aitkin Health Services, Aitkin

$10,000

 

Duluth Area Family YMCA, Duluth

$10,000

Northome KIDS PLUS/Northome School, Northome

$5,000

To provide programming to introduce youth to a variety of careers.

Hibbing Public Library, Hibbing

$5,000

To support a summer reading program in the Hibbing area.

YWCA of Duluth, Duluth

$4,510

To support high quality care and education for the YWCA's child care and preschool programs.

Cook County Schools - ISD #166, Grand Marais

$18,000

To support in-school programming that supports the social-emotional development of students.

Northome KIDS PLUS/Northome School, Northome

$2,500

To support a new service learning program for middle school students.

Kids Closet of Duluth, Duluth

$5,000

To provide school clothing and winter outerwear to students in need.

Hibbing Kinship Mentoring Program, Hibbing

$27,500

To support strong social-emotional development through mentoring for Hibbing area youth.

North Shore Health Care Foundation, Grand Marais

$10,000

To support access to oral health education and care to children and youth in Cook County

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Individual and Community Wellbeing

Fathers Rise Together, Duluth

$9,000

To support business planning workshops to assist entrepreneurs of color in the Duluth area.

Well Being Development, Ely

$25,000

To support the launch of a new program to help people with chronic mental illness gain access to employment opportunities.

Arc Northland, Duluth

$4,500

To support the development of a new strategic plan.

Northland Counseling Center, Grand Rapids

$2,500

To support an updated housing study for Itasca County.

Falls Hunger Coalition, International Falls

$10,000

To increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables for people with low incomes.

Second Harvest North Central Food Bank, Grand Rapids

$20,000

To support the distribution of fresh produce to low-income families through market pop-ups.

Advocates Against Domestic Abuse d/b/a HOPE (Healing Opportunity Provided Equally), Aitkin

$25,000

To support programming to increase the safety of victims of domestic violence.

Ely Community Health Center, Ely

$11,000

To support health care services for people without insurance.

Mobility Mania, Grand Rapids

$11,000

To increase independent living, inclusion, and integration for people in wheelchairs, aging adults, and their caregivers in Itasca County.

Koochiching Aging Options, International Falls

$15,000

To support services for older adults and their caregivers.

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Capacity Building

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, Saint Paul

$5,000

To support activities to strengthen the nonprofit sector in northeastern Minnesota.

Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Grand Portage

$8,000

To support the development of a website to provide historical, program, and community information for the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

North House Folk School, Grand Marais

$15,000

To provide increased staff capacity to support organizational expansion.

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Economic Development & Community Vitality

Iron Range Economic Alliance, Duluth

$75

To support economic development efforts on the Iron Range

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, Saint Paul

$700

Membership support for programs and activities in northeastern Minnesota.

American Indian Community Housing Organization, Duluth

$1,000

To support the Indigenous Foods Expo being held in September 2019.

Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Grand Portage

$1,000

To support social engagement programming for Grand Portage elders.

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Rural Aging Initiative AGE to age 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.

Northern Itasca Hospital District, Bigfork

$15,000

To support intergenerational programming through the Rural Aging Initiative.

Barnum Schools - ISD #091, Barnum

$15,000

To support intergenerational programming through the Rural Aging Initiative.

AGE to age sites, Northeastern Minnesota

$49,500

To provide paid internship opportunities to college students over the summer, to help them gain experience in intergenerational programming in their hometowns.

 

Lake Superior School District - ISD #381, Two Harbors

$5,500

 

Proctor Public Schools - ISD #704, Proctor

$5,500

 

Cloquet Public Schools - ISD #094, Cloquet

$5,500

 

Aitkin Public Schools - ISD #001, Aitkin

$5,500

 

Chisholm KIDS PLUS, Chisholm

$5,500

 

Aitkin Public Schools - ISD #001, Aitkin

$5,500

 

Moose Lake Schools - ISD #097, Moose Lake

$5,500

 

Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Cloquet

$5,500

 

McGregor KIDS PLUS/Something Cool, Inc., McGregor

$5,500

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Rural Aging Initiative Aging Innovation 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.

North Shore Area Partners, Silver Bay

$20,000

To support the launch of a new program of in-home personal caregiving to older adults in eastern Lake County and western Cook County.

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