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October through December grants total $858,612; Youth In Philanthropy awarded an additional $6,570 in January

From October through December 2020, the Northland Foundation awarded 81 grants for a total of $858,612. A large share of grants continues to be aimed at relief and recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Thanks to strong local, regional, and state funding support, we have been able to award more than $5 million in relief and recovery related grants over the last 10 months in northeastern Minnesota, nearly 5x what Northland usually processes in a year.

“It is gratifying to help get additional resources into communities at a time when the need is so great.” —Erik Torch, Director of Grantmaking

Nearly $210,000 was granted to community organizations and school districts for emergency wrap-around early care and education services. The funding was awarded to better support children ages 0-8 who are being disproportionately impacted by the effects of the pandemic, including children from low-income families; black, Indigenous, and other children of color; and children in rural communities. Grantees will employ a variety of strategies, from technology to help students with distance learning, to mental health supports, and more. A second round of these grants will be awarded in March.

Also included in recent COVID relief and recovery grants were two significant “pass-through” grants of $100,000 each to the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa and the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. Northland applied for a St. Paul and Minnesota Foundation’s Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund grant, in collaboration with the two Tribal Nations, who will use the awards to bolster early care and education and children-and-youth programming that will help essential workers to continue in their jobs.

In addition, the KIDS PLUS Youth In Philanthropy Board awarded seven grants totaling $6,570 during their virtual January meeting. The Board includes middle and high school students from across the region who review and award grants totaling up to $1,000 each to support projects led by children and youth.

All grants made between October 1 and December 31, 2020, along with January 2021 Youth In Philanthropy grants, are listed below.

Children, Youth, and Families

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

$30,000

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

Chester Bowl Improvement Club, Duluth

$2,500

To support an alpine ski program with YWCA Girl Power! participants.

ServeMinnesota, Minneapolis

$25,000

To support the placement of Reading Corps tutors to help bolster academic achievement in the Deer River, Grand Rapids, Hibbing, and Mesabi East School Districts.

Volunteers in Education, Inc., Virginia

$14,000

To support tutoring and program expansion to bolster academic achievement in Iron Range schools.

Kids Closet of Duluth, Duluth

$5,000

To support the purchase of winter outerwear and school clothing for low-income students in the Duluth School District.

Essentia Health Foundation, Duluth

$15,000

To provide hospitality to families with seriously ill or injured children.

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Individual and Community Wellbeing

Floodwood Services and Training, Inc., Floodwood

$10,000

To support staff development training to strengthen the quality of services to people with disabilities.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Duluth

$25,000

To support economic and community development activities in the Duluth area.

Citizens for Backus, International Falls

$20,000

To support to-go meals for families in need.

The Northspan Group, Inc., Duluth

$30,000

To support training on the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) to governments and quasi-governmental community groups and organizations across Northeast Minnesota to help foster welcoming communities and equity.

Life House, Inc., Duluth

$30,000

To support advancing Life House’s diversity, equity, and inclusion engagement practices and culturally relevant teachings for youth.

Community Action Duluth, Duluth

$20,000

To support free tax filing services for people with low incomes.

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Economic Development & Community Vitality

Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, Saint Paul

$9,000

To support Duluth Neighborhood Profiles on the MN Compass website.

Minnesota Council on Foundations, Minneapolis

$2,500

To support the Minnesota Council on Foundations' annual conference.

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Integrated Rural Community Aging: AGE to age Fellows Program

The following grant was made through the Northland Foundation’s Integrated Rural Community Aging Program to help older adults age successfully in their setting of choice.

Lake Superior School District - ISD #381, Two Harbors

$16,500

To support an AGE to age Fellows Team, made up of a college student and an adult age 50+, to work together to offer intergenerational programming in their hometown.

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Integrated Rural Community Aging: AGE to age

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.

AGE to age Communities, Northeastern Minnesota

$140,000

 

North Shore AGE to age, Silver Bay

$55,000

 

Barnum Schools - ISD #091, Barnum

$45,000

 

Lake Superior School District - ISD #381, Two Harbors

$40,000

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Youth In Philanthropy

The following grants were awarded by the Northland Foundation's KIDS PLUS Youth In Philanthropy Board at their January 2021 meeting. The Board is made up of middle and high school students and volunteer adult mentors from throughout the region. They meet three times per year to consider grants up to $1,000 each for children-and-youth led projects in Northeast MN and Superior, WI.

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

$1,000

To support the creation of a zine that raises awareness of Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April.

Many Rivers Montessori, Duluth

$1,000

To create and grow a garden that will support local projects and be distributed to families in need.

Littlefork-Big Falls- ISD #362, Littlefork

$990

To expand use of the local school forest during winter months by providing students and the community with access to snowshoeing.

Northern STEM Robotics, Hermantown

$930

To offer youth-led free robotics classes to K-12th grade students in underrepresented communities to show them the opportunities robotics provides.

Hope Community Presbyterian Church, Virginia

$1,000

To fill the community food pantry and keep it stocked for families to utilize during stressful times.

Cook County Community YMCA, Grand Marais

$650

To expand the afterschool program to include the creation of two books written by kids.

Minnesota Children's Press, Grand Marais

$1,000

To create a youth-designed and youth-led internet security online class for local elders.

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COVID-19 Relief

Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

$100,000

To support COVID-19 relief and recovery efforts with grant funding provided through the Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund.

Bois Forte Band of Chippewa, Nett Lake

$100,000

To support COVID-19 relief and recovery efforts with grant funding provided through the Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund.

Calvary Baptist Church, Duluth

$4,000

To support outreach, health, and community-building efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

School and Community Organizations, Northeastern Minnesota

$210,112

The following following 18 grants totaling $170,812 were awarded in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Education on behalf of the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund for emergency wrap-around early care and education services. The grants are designed to support northeastern Minnesota children ages 0-8 from underserved populations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. An additional four grants totaling $39,300 were awarded for wrap-around services using Northland Foundation funding.

 

Duluth Preschool, Duluth

$4,950

 

Lake Superior School District-ISD #381, Two Harbors

$15,000

 

Wrenshall School District-ISD #100, Wrenshall

$3,700

 

Grand Rapids School District-ISD #318, Grand Rapids

$5,000

 

Center City Housing Corporation, Duluth

$15,000

 

Duluth Area Family YMCA, Hermantown

$10,000

 

Caring and Sharing Daycare, Aitkin

$1,000

 

Hope for Kids Childcare Center, Duluth

$9,162

 

Cook County Schools-ISD #166, Grand Marais

$15,000

 

Invest Early, Grand Rapids

$15,000

 

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, Duluth

$15,000

 

Otis Family Daycare, Cloquet

$1,000

 

Churches United In Ministry, Duluth

$15,000

 

McGregor KIDS PLUS/Something Cool, Inc., McGregor

$11,000

 

Children of Grace Childcare & Education Center, Hibbing

$10,000

 

Cook County Community YMCA, Grand Marais

$10,000

 

Cook County Schools-ISD #166, Grand Marais

$5,000

 

New Hope FOR Families, Duluth

$10,000

 

Duluth Area Family YMCA, Duluth

$10,000

 

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northland, Duluth

$10,000

 

Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Grand Portage

$15,000

 

Oshki Ogimaag Charter School, Grand Portage

$4,300

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Emergency Child Care Grant Program

Licensed Family and Center-based Child Care, Northeastern Minnesota

$51,000

The following 38 grants were made in support of licensed child care providers caring for the children of emergency and essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Wood City Preschool, LLC, Cloquet

$3,000

 

Colleen Paulsen, Cloquet

$1,000

 

Alyssa Haedrich's Child Care, Moose Lake

$1,000

 

Enchanted Garden, Cloquet

$1,000

 

Cathy's Daycare, Cloquet

$1,000

 

Judy's House, Cloquet

$1,000

 

Colleen's Daycare, Cloquet

$1,000

 

Andrea Anderson, Cloquet

$1,000

 

Erin Lunde's Family Daycare, Cloquet

$1,000

 

Kid's Corner, Cloquet

$3,000

 

Kathy's Little Stars, Esko

$1,000

 

Tender Loving Childcare, Cloquet

$1,000

 

Tykes N Tots Preschool & Childcare, Carlton

$1,000

 

Duluth Preschool of Fine Arts, Duluth

$3,000

 

Miles of Smiles, Chisholm

$1,000

 

Kickstart Preschool, LLC, Two Harbors

$3,000

 

Kidz Zone Daycare Center, Aitkin

$3,000

 

Jaime's Daycare, Duluth

$1,000

 

Leslie Frink's Daycare, Duluth

$1,000

 

Wind Ridge Schoolhouse, LLC, Duluth

$1,000

 

Sarah's Tiny Tots Daycare, Aitkin

$1,000

 

Little Footprints Daycare, Gilbert

$1,000

 

Country Kids Daycare, Duluth

$1,000

 

Krawlers to Kindergarten, Duluth

$1,000

 

Kids First Day Care, Duluth

$1,000

 

T-N-T's Dynamite Kids, Duluth

$1,000

 

Sara's Child Care, Virginia

$1,000

 

Tiny Turtles Care Center, Eveleth

$1,000

 

Heidi's Home Day Care, Proctor

$1,000

 

Jill's Cozy Curriculum, Duluth

$1,000

 

Barbie's Daycare, Duluth

$1,000

 

Kids Can Be Kids Daycare, Hibbing

$1,000

 

Laura Lafreniere, Duluth

$1,000

 

Montessori School of Duluth, Duluth

$3,000

 

Amy's Childcare, Duluth

$1,000

 

My Little Bumble Bees Daycare LLC, Duluth

$1,000

 

Dragonfly Childcare, Duluth

$1,000

 

Little Farmers Daycare, Aitkin

$1,000

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