Quarterly and Youth In Philanthropy Grants
During the last quarter of 2021, the Northland Foundation’s Grant Program made two dozen funding awards totaling $505,000 to nonprofit organizations, schools, and Native nations.
Several of the largest grants will support services for survivors of domestic violence, as well as programming that aims to prevent violence affecting Black, Indigenous, and other youth of color.
In addition, three major grants of $50,000 each were made through the foundation’s Integrated Rural Community Aging Program. The grants, in partnership with the Bois Forte, Fond du Lac, and Grand Portage nations, support programs that help elders age in place in their homes and communities.
“Domestic violence and aging services are both longtime Northland Foundation priorities,” stated Director of Grantmaking, Erik Torch, “and the stress and social isolation driven by the pandemic have only increased the call for programming in these areas.
“Grantees across the region are creatively addressing these big needs, under tough circumstances, and we are happy to help support their work.”
In late January, another eight grants totaling $4,360 were made by the 15 students and five adult mentors serving on the Northland Foundation’s 2021-2022 Youth In Philanthropy Board. The young people on the board meet and review grant applications three times per year: October, January, and April. They are empowered to award grants of up to $1,000 each to support children-and-youth-driven school and community projects in the region. Now in its 20th year, this unique leadership learning program receives generous funding support from Northland’s Emeritus Trustee Group.