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More than $455,000 awarded through 57 grants, including five by Youth In Philanthropy Board

During the third quarter of 2019, the Northland Foundation awarded 52 grants totaling $450,895 to nonprofits, school districts, Tribal nations, and community organizations serving the people and communities of northeastern Minnesota.

The Northland Foundation’s KIDS PLUS Youth In Philanthropy Board awarded another five grants totaling $4,558 in October. These grants are made by the youth board for children-and youth-driven projects across the region. High school students from Cloquet, Duluth, Ely, Hibbing, McGregor, Moose Lake, Superior, and Two Harbors, and five adult mentors comprise this year's Board.

View all 57 recent grants below.

Children, Youth, and Families

School Districts, Northeastern Minnesota

$24,000

A total of 15 PreK to Grade 3 Team Grants were awarded to school districts that attended the Northland Foundation’s 2019 Early Childhood Summit to support planning and activities that strengthen the learning continuum from early childhood to 3rd grade.

 

Cloquet Public Schools - ISD #094, Cloquet

$1,000

 

Esko Public Schools - ISD #099, Esko

$1,000

 

Wrenshall School District - ISD #100, Wrenshall

$1,000

 

Proctor Public Schools - ISD #704, Proctor

$2,000

 

Moose Lake Schools - ISD #097, Moose Lake

$1,000

 

Mesabi East Early Childhood Coalition, Aurora

$1,000

 

Virginia School District - ISD #706, Virginia

$1,000

 

Invest Early, Grand Rapids

$4,000

 

Silver Bay Early Childhood Coalition, Silver Bay

$2,000

 

Duluth Public Schools Academy, Duluth

$1,000

 

Floodwood School District - ISD #698, Floodwood

$1,000

 

Duluth Public Schools - ISD #709, Duluth

$5,000

 

Barnum Schools - ISD #091, Barnum

$1,000

 

North Shore Community School, Duluth

$1,000

 

St. Louis County Schools - ISD #2142, Virginia

$1,000

Duluth Community School Collaborative, Duluth

$5,000

To support programming to foster community partnerships that promote wellness and school success for youth and families.

University of MN Extension Service Itasca Co, Grand Rapids

$10,000

To support mentoring programs in communities across Itasca County.

American Indian Community Housing Organization, Duluth

$30,000

To support culturally grounded programming for youth and families in AICHO's permanent supportive housing.

Nashwauk-Keewatin Schools -ISD #319, Nashwauk

$20,000

To support out-of-school time programming in the Nashwauk-Keewatin School District.

Wrenshall School District -ISD #100, Wrenshall

$4,104

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

Washington Elementary School-ISD #701, Hibbing

$4,548

To support efforts to increase nature-based learning.

City of Nashwauk, Nashwauk

$20,000

To support staffing to help foster a safe school environment to enhance learning.

Duluth Early Childhood Family Education, Duluth

$5,000

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

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, Duluth

$20,000

To support the recruitment of families to serve high need foster children.

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Individual and Community Wellbeing

One Roof Community Housing, Duluth

$100,000

To support the development and maintenance of affordable housing in the Duluth area and Carlton, Cook and Lake counties.

Damiano of Duluth, Inc., Duluth

$5,000

To support programming to reduce food insecurity of youth and families in the Central Hillside neighborhood.

Second Harvest North Central Food Bank, Grand Rapids

$10,000

To support programming to reduce food insecurity among children.

United Way of Carlton County, Cloquet

$800

To support activities that raise awareness of local services available for diverse populations in Carlton County.

Bois Forte Band of Chippewa, Nett Lake

$20,000

To support the development of a comprehensive needs and resources assessment for the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa.

Project Care Free Clinic, Hibbing

$20,000

To support increased access to health care services.

Local Solutions to End Poverty Committee, Duluth

$2,350

To support candidate forums for Duluth City and School Board races.

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Youth In Philanthropy Grants

The following grants were awarded by the Northland Foundation's KIDS PLUS Youth In Philanthropy Board, which is made up of 16 high school students and 5 adult mentors from throughout the region. The Board meets three times per year to consider grants up to $1,000 each for children- and youth-led projects in northeastern Minnesota and Superior, Wisconsin.

Duluth Robotics, Inc., Duluth

$1,000

To support the Denfeld High School FIRST Robotics team through the planning and implementation stage of competition.

Lake County 4-H Federation, Two Harbors

$558

To provide needed supplies that will support the Project Bowl Team and their ability to compete with other clubs around the state.

Itasca County 4-H, Grand Rapids

$1,000

To provide an opportunity for youth to learn about state government and discover ways they can improve their community, skills, and future.

Superior High School, Superior

$1,000

To support the high school CSI Biology and Chemistry students to design and implement an outdoor scavenger hunt and escape room activity at the Superior School Forest for area 5th graders.

Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Saint Paul

$1,000

To provide resources that spread awareness about sexual violence and unhealthy relationships by supplying local high schools and middle schools with Kits of Kindness.

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Economic Development & Community Vitality

The Northspan Group, Inc., Duluth

$1,500

To support efforts to increase communications around economic development in northeast Minnesota.

Regents of the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

$500

To increase area college students’ understanding of entrepreneurship.

Blandin Foundation, Grand Rapids

$1,000

To support efforts to expand broadband access in rural communities.

Tiwahe Foundation, Minneapolis

$1,000

To support social engagement programming for Grand Portage elders.

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Rural Aging Initiative AGE to age Implementation

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.

McGregor KIDS PLUS/Something Cool, Inc., McGregor

$10,000

To support an intergenerational chore service that helps older adults live independently and gives workforce skills to youth in the McGregor area.

Northwoods Partners, Ely

$5,000

To support the implementation of the Aging Mastery Program, an evidence-based health promotion program for older adults.

Hermantown/Proctor Community Education, Hermantown

$5,000

To support the implementation of the Aging Mastery Program, an evidence-based health promotion program for older adults.

Community Partners -Two Harbors Block Nurse Program, Two Harbors

$5,000

To support the implementation of the Aging Mastery Program, an evidence-based health promotion program for older adults.

North Shore AGE to age, Silver Bay

$3,000

To provide paid internship opportunities to college students over the summer, to gain experience in intergenerational programming in their hometowns through the Rural Aging Initiative's Summer College Intern Program.

AGE to age sites, Northeast Minnesota

$45,000

To support intergenerational programming through the Rural Aging Initiative.

 

Hibbing AGE to age, Hibbing

$15,000

 

Ely Community Resource, Inc., Ely

$15,000

 

North Shore Area AGE to age, Silver Bay

$15,000

AGE to age sites, Northeast Minnesota

$30,000

To engage older adults in helping boost academic achievement through the Reading Pals Program.

 

Lake Superior School District -ISD #381, Two Harbors

$5,000

 

McGregor KIDS PLUS/Something Cool, Inc., McGregor

$5,000

 

Ely Community Resource, Inc., Ely

$5,000

 

Aitkin Public Schools -ISD #001, Aitkin

$5,000

 

Proctor Public Schools - ISD #704

$5,000

 

Moose Lake Schools - ISD #097, Moose Lake

$5,000

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Rural Aging Initiative Aging Innovations

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.

Northwoods Partners, Ely

$4,448

To support innovative programming to raise awareness of dementia and provide services to caregivers and those with dementia.

Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Grand Portage

$30,000

To support innovative intergenerational programming to improve access to fresh foods.

Arrowhead Regional Development Commission, Duluth

$8,645

To support development and leader training for Evidence-Based Health Programs serving older adults in northeastern Minnesota.

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