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Nearly $400,000 awarded in 43 grants, including 7 Youth In Philanthropy grants

From October through December 2019, the Northland Foundation awarded 43 grants totaling $399,632 to nonprofits, school districts, Tribal nations, and community organizations serving the people and communities of northeastern Minnesota. Of this total, $5,902 was awarded by the KIDS PLUS Youth In Philanthropy Board to help support seven youth-planned and -implemented projects in 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 Youth In Philanthropy Board.

View all recent grants below.

Children, Youth, and Families

Child Care Start-ups and Expansions, Northeastern Minnesota


The following grants were awarded for the expansion of child care availability in northeastern Minnesota with funding provided by the State of Minnesota, with the support of the Northland Foundation.


Brandie's Little Bear Learning Center, Eveleth



Hope United Methodist Church, Duluth



Koochiching Economic Development Authority, Intl. Falls



New Hope For Families, Duluth



Itasca County Family YMCA, Grand Rapids



City of Cohasset, Cohasset


Lake Superior Zoological Society, Duluth


To support creation of a nature-based preschool program.

Littlefork-Big Falls - ISD #362, Littlefork


To provide after school tutoring assistance to students in the Littlefork-Big Falls School District.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids and Greenway, Grand Rapids


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

Friends of the Finland Community, Finland


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

The Hills Youth and Family Services, Duluth


To support out-of-school time enrichment programming for youth in Duluth's Central Hillside neighborhood.

Laurentian Arts & Culture Alliance, Inc, Virginia


To support the creation of out-of-school time programming.

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


To support peer-led reproductive health education in the Duluth area.

Churchill School - ISD #94, Cloquet


To provide support for a literacy-based mentoring program to help students improve reading skills.

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Individual and Community Wellbeing

Aitkin County CARE, Inc., Aitkin


To expand efforts to help older adults and their caregivers to continue to live independently.

First Witness Child Advocacy Center, Duluth


To support efforts to improve the long-term safety of parents and children who are victims of domestic violence.

Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs, Duluth


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

Mesabi Outdoor Adventures, Virginia


To support the creation of programming to increase outdoor recreation.

Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College, Cloquet


To support the 2019 Ojibwe Language Symposium.

Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial, Inc., Duluth


To support programming to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the lynching of Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson, and Isaac McGhie.

A.H. Zeppa Family Foundation, Duluth


To support programming to facilitate inclusion and counter systemic inequality.

Duluth National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Duluth


To support capacity-building efforts to strengthen and sustain the organization and its anti-racism work.

Northeast Minnesota Office of Job Training, Virginia


To provide additional shelter options for people experiencing homelessness in the winter.

Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency, Virginia


To provide additional shelter options for people experiencing homelessness in the winter.

Bob Tavani Respite House, Duluth


To provide respite housing and supports for people experiencing homelessness after discharge from the hospital.

Range Transitional Housing, Inc., Virginia


To provide services and resources to people with low incomes through the Community Connect event.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Duluth


To support affordable housing, income and wealth building, career pathways and economic development programs.

Servants of Shelter, International Falls


To support services to the homeless in International Falls.

Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans, Saint Paul


To support services to veterans and their families in crisis.

Rise, Inc., Duluth


To provide services to people with hearing disabilities find, keep, and advance in employment.

Life House, Inc., Duluth


To support programming that helps homeless and at-risk youth develop critical life skills.

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Youth In Philanthropy Grants

The following grants were awarded by the Northland Foundation's KIDS PLUS Youth In Philanthropy Board at its January 2020 meeting, The Board is made up of high school students and 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.

North St. Louis County 4-H Federation, Virginia


To promote the local 4-H programs in rural communities through the offering of youth-led programs and activities, so that youth of all ages can learn how to get involved.

Northeast Range School - ISD #2142, Babbitt


To support the LEGO League preparation, projects, and tasks for challenge competitions for 4th, 5th, and 6th graders.

Barnum Schools - ISD #091, Barnum


To support the creation of a gaga pit for kids to use before, during, and after school to promote healthy outdoor play while being social.

Littlefork-Big Falls - ISD #362, Littlefork


To provide an opportunity for high school students to mentor 2nd through 6th grade students in a supervised and organized setting. Students will be paired and participate in an array of activities during the school year.

Ely Knight Hawks 4-H Club, Ely


To support the 4-H club in recruiting and retaining members at no cost to the members so that everyone is able to participate no matter their income.

Cloquet Senior High School, Cloquet


To support the RipSaw Robotics team through the planning and implementation stages of competition.

Boys & Girls Clubs of The Leech Lake Area, Cass Lake


To create a “home away from home” space in which youth will design a welcoming and youth friendly space to gather.

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Economic Development & Community Vitality

APEX, Duluth


To support economic development efforts in Duluth and the surrounding area.

Greater Minnesota Partnership, Saint Paul


In support of the Greater Minnesota Partnership-2020 Membership.

Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, Grand Rapids


Annual membership dues to help support local entrepreneurship and economic development.

Nonprofit Financial Group, Apple Valley


To sponsor the Nonprofit Financial Group North annual conference providing professional development to staff members of northeastern Minnesota nonprofits.

Minnesota Council on Foundations, Minneapolis


To support the Minnesota Council on Foundations annual conference.

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