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$1.2 million awarded July - September with additional $5,040 by Youth In Philanthropy Board

The Northland Foundation awarded 45 grants totaling $1,242,487 to nonprofit organizations, school districts, Tribal Nations, and other community partners in July, August, and September. A major portion of funding during the quarter was awarded as part of the Northland Foundation’s Integrated Rural Community Aging Program, a three-year, multi-strategy aging initiative the foundation is leading.

Support for organizations meeting basic needs during the pandemic is an ongoing focus. We continue our commitment to housing, food, safety, and access to medical and mental health care, as well as making special grants to licensed child care providers caring for children of emergency and essential workers.

In addition, the KIDS PLUS Youth In Philanthropy Board awarded six grants totaling $5,040 at their virtual October grantmaking meeting. The Board is made up of middle and high school students from across the region who review and award grants totaling up to $1,000 each, with guidance from five volunteer adult mentors, to support projects led by children and youth.

All grants made between July 1 and September 30, 2020 are listed below.

Children, Youth, and Families

Duluth Early Childhood Family Education, Duluth

$5,000

To help provide parenting and mental health supports for at-risk families.

Lake Superior School District - ISD #381, Two Harbors

$10,000

To support the expansion of quality child care in Lake County.

Duluth Community School Collaborative, Duluth

$5,000

To support full-service community schools programming in the Duluth School District.

American Indian Community Housing Organization, Duluth

$30,000

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

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, Virginia

$25,000

To provide in-school support and enrichment for LGBTQ youth and allies, promote diversity and inclusion through outreach and education, and offer one-on-one support for LGBTQ youth.

South Koochiching-Rainy River School District - ISD #363, Northome

$4,147

To support adopting hybrid and distance learning methods for the 2020-2021 school year.

Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, Inc., Grand Marais

$10,000

To provide dental care and oral health education for Cook County residents 0-26 years old, and pregnant women, regardless of ability to pay.

University of Minnesota Medical School - Duluth Campus, Duluth

$5,000

To support the creation of a community-based, culturally grounded virtual therapy project serving Bois Forte’s youth.

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Individual and Community Wellbeing

Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans, Saint Paul

$15,000

To provide supportive services to veterans and their families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Northeast Minnesota.

Center City Housing Corporation, Duluth

$25,000

To provide enrichment programming for youth experiencing homelessness.

The Salvation Army, Duluth

$20,000

To support the free meal program for the Lincoln Park neighborhood in Duluth.

Minisinaakwaang Leadership Academy, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe - District II

$10,000

To provide meals and delivery services for students at risk of hunger.

Second Harvest North Central Food Bank, Grand Rapids

$10,000

To support programming to reduce food insecurity among children.

Fathers Rise Together, Duluth

$30,000

To support planning efforts to establish a center for the African Heritage community in the Duluth area.

Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs, Duluth

$15,000

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

Advocates Against Domestic Abuse dba HOPE, Aitkin

$25,000

To provide safe housing and supportive services to victims of domestic violence in the Aitkin County area.

Men As Peacemakers, Duluth

$30,000

To support youth programming that facilitates the growth and wellbeing of youth of color and prevents race- and gender-based violence.

Family Pathways, North Branch

$10,000

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

Ely Community Health Center, Ely

$11,000

To support programming to provide access to health care services for the uninsured.

Project Care Free Clinic, Hibbing

$20,000

To support programming to provide access to health care services for the uninsured.

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Economic Development & Community Vitality

Southwest Regional Develoment Commission (fiscal sponsor), Slayton

$10,000

To support a statewide effort to improve and expand broadband access in Greater Minnesota

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, Washington

$1,390

To support annual membership to GEO which focuses on helping grantmakers to improve their philanthropy practices.

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, Saint Paul

$950

Membership support for programs and activities in northeastern Minnesota.

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Integrated Rural Community Aging: Community Planning and Care Integration

The following grants were made through the Northland Foundation’s Integrated Rural Community Aging Program to incraccess, awareness, and availability of services and supports in eight site within the region to help older adults and their family caregivers age successfully in their setting of choice.

Northwoods Partners, Ely

$140,000

To support efforts to improve access, awareness, and availability of services and supports that help Ely Area older adults and their family caregivers age successfully in their homes and communities.

Community Partners - Two Harbors Living at Home/Block Nurse Program, Two Harbors

$155,000

To support efforts to improve access, awareness, and availability of services and supports that help Two Harbors Area older adults and their family caregivers age successfully in their homes and communities.

ElderCircle, Grand Rapids

$135,000

To support efforts to improve access, awareness, and availability of services and supports that help Itasca County and Northern St. Louis County older adults and their family caregivers age successfully in their homes and communities.

Koochiching Aging Options, International Falls

$20,000

To provide services to older adults and caregivers to help them maintain independence and age in place in Koochiching County.

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Integrated Rural Community Aging: AGE to age

AGE to age Communities, Northeastern Minnesota

$440,000

The following grants were made through the Northland Foundation’s Integrated Rural Community Aging Program to provide multi-year support for intergenerational activities in AGE to age sites in northeastern Minnesota. Aitkin, Moose Lake, Ely, Proctor/Hermantown, and McGregor also received multi-year funding to implement the Reading Pals programs.

 

Aitkin Public Schools - ISD #001, Aitkin

$55,000

 

Bois Forte Band of Chippewa, Nett Lake

$40,000

 

Cloquet Public Schools-ISD #094, Cloquet

$40,000

 

Ely Community Resource, Inc., Ely

$55,000

 

Hibbing AGE to age, Hibbing

$40,000

 

McGregor KIDS PLUS/Something Cool, Inc., McGregor

$55,000

 

Moose Lake Schools - ISD #097, Moose Lake

$55,000

 

Proctor Public Schools - ISD #704, Proctor/Hermantown

$70,000

 

Oshki Ogimaag Charter School, Grand Portage

$30,000

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Youth In Philanthropy

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

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northland, Duluth

$550

To support a meal program that will incorporate gardening and environmentally safe practices.

Lake Superior Elementary School, Superior

$500

To provide access to outdoor gear that can be used in the school forest, as well as the creation of a science fair.

Rockridge Academy, Duluth

$990

To support the creation of an art show with invitations, set-up, and an interactive experience that will allow students to display and discuss their artwork.

REACH Mentoring Program, Cloquet

$1,000

To support a Youth Advisory Board that will provide youth with a voice and action into Carlton County communities, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Duluth Robotics, Inc., Duluth

$1,000

To expand and redesign the FIRST Robotics pit area, which will provide a better working space during competitions.

Carlton High School - ISD #093, Carlton

$1,000

To create better opportunities, using Restorative Practices, for students to feel supported during challenging times.

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COVID-19 Relief

Duluth National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Duluth

$15,000

To support a needs assessment to improve outreach, education, and access to health services for Black, Indigenous, and Communities of Color in the Duluth area during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Emergency Child Care Grant Program

Licensed Family and Center-based Child Care, Northeastern Minnesota

$10,000

The following 8 grants were made in support of licensed child care providers caring for the children of emergency and essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Judi's Daycare, Hermantown

$1,000

 

Jody's Daycare, Duluth

$1,000

 

Debra Aqui, Duluth

$1,000

 

Rasmusson Romper Room, Aurora

$1,000

 

Iron Range Tykes Learning Center, Mountain Iron

$3,000

 

Little Adventures Daycare, Cloquet

$1,000

 

Melinda Gulbranson, Duluth

$1,000

 

Kids 1st Daycare, International Falls

$1,000

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