Northland Foundation awards grants

During October through December 2017, the Northland Foundation awarded 37 grants totaling $507,165 to nonprofit organizations, schools, and other public entities. One-third of the grants awarded during the fourth quarter (totaling nearly $150,000) support out-of-school time and in-school enrichment, as well as mentoring programs for youth throughout the seven-county region.

The 12 youth programming grants included: $20,000 to Nashwauk-Keewatin Schools – ISD #319 to launch an after school program; $10,000 to the Mesabi Family YMCA to support out-of-school time enrichment for young people in Chisholm, Hibbing, Mountain Iron-Buhl, and Virginia; $20,000 to the Duluth Area Family YMCA to further expand outdoor recreation opportunities for children and youth; $5,000 to the International Falls School District for an after-school science club; and $5,000 to Cloquet Community Education in support of after-school programming for Cloquet Middle School students.

“Young people’s participation in safe, enriching after-school activities is proven to boost school success,” said Erik Torch, Director of Grantmaking, “and it is something the Northland Foundation is eager to support in northeastern Minnesota schools and communities.”

All the grants awarded October 1 through December 31, 2017 are as follows.


School Districts, Northeast Minnesota

Among 16 total PreK to Grade 3 Team Grants awarded to school districts and Reservation School teams that attended the 2017 Early Childhood Summit, made in support of planning and activities to strengthen the early learning continuum.

Hill City School – ISD #002, Hill City — $2,000

Child Care Choices, Inc., Waite Park. Support for the professional development of early childhood educators in northeastern Minnesota. — $2,500

Duluth Head Start – ISD #709, Duluth. In support of efforts to expand nature-based programming. — $3,000

Churches United In Ministry, Duluth. To support youth and family programming at the Steve O’Neil Apartments. — $50,000

Cloquet Community Education, Cloquet. To support after-school programming at the Cloquet Middle School. — $5,000

Eveleth-Gilbert Public Schools – ISD #2154, Eveleth. To support STEM enrichment programming for students in the Eveleth-Gilbert School District. — $4,500

Hibbing Kinship Mentoring Program, Side Lake. To support strong social emotional development through mentoring for Hibbing area youth. — $20,000

Duluth Area Family YMCA, Duluth. To support efforts to create more nature-based recreation experiences for youth in the Duluth area. — $20,000

Nashwauk-Keewatin Schools – ISD #319, Keewatin. To support the creation of an out-of-school time program in the Nashwauk-Keewatin School District. — $20,000

Mesabi East Schools – ISD #2711, Aurora. To support out-of-school time enrichment programming in the Mesabi East school district. — $5,000

International Falls School District – ISD #361, International Falls. To support the creation of an after-school science club in International Falls. — $5,000

Mesabi Family YMCA, Virginia. To support out-of-school time enrichment programs in the Chisholm, Hibbing, Mountain Iron-Buhl and Virginia areas. — $10,000

Cloquet School District – ISD #094, Cloquet. To support a volunteer reading program for students in the Cloquet School District. — $1,000

Washington Elementary School – ISD #701, Hibbing. To support in-school STEM enrichment programming for students in kindergarten through second grade at Washington Elementary School in Hibbing. — $1,665

Two Harbors High School DECA, Two Harbors. To support efforts to nurture civility among Two Harbors students. — $5,000


Duluth National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Duluth. To support a weeklong festival honoring Martin Luther King Jr. and celebrating African American culture. — $2,500

Duluth National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Duluth. To support the 2018 Freedom Fund Dinner. — $2,500

Life House, Inc., Duluth. To support programming that helps high-barrier homeless and street youth to become more self-sufficient. — $25,000

Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Duluth. General operating support for economic and community development efforts in Duluth. — $20,000

Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans, Duluth and Northeast Minnesota. To provide financial assistance to veterans who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness. — $10,000

Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault, Duluth. Capacity-building support to aid an executive transition. — $10,000

Children’s Dental Services, Inc., Minneapolis. To support access to dental care for low-income children in northeast Minnesota. — $15,000

Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota, St. Paul. To support peer led efforts to increase knowledge of sexual health among teens in the Duluth area. — $15,000

Minnesota Youth Intervention Programs Association, Ham Lake. To support professional development opportunities for youth workers. — $1,500

Well Being Development, Ely. To support efforts to improve the physical and mental health of adults with chronic mental illness in the Ely area. — $5,000

Koochiching Aging Options, International Falls. General operating support to provide services to older adults in Koochiching County. — $20,000


Men As Peacemakers, Duluth. In support of hiring a Director of Finance to increase the financial management capacity of the organization. — $20,000


Incredible Ely, Ely. To provide an opportunity for entrepreneurs and small businesses to build the skills they need to be successful. — $1,000

Hibbing-Chisholm Blandin Cohort, Hibbing. To support an Economic Impact Study for the proposed renovation of the Hibbing Memorial Building. — $1,500


Community Education ISD – #361, International Falls. To support intergenerational programming through the Rural Aging Initiative. — $2,500

Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Cloquet. To support intergenerational programming through the Rural Aging Initiative. — $15,000


McGregor KIDS PLUS/Something Cool, Inc., McGregor. To expand an intergenerational chore service that helps older adults live independently and gives workforce skills to youth in the McGregor area. — $41,000

Volunteer Services of Carlton County, Inc., Cloquet. To expand the DayBreak caregiver support program to include a technology platform that will help caregivers communicate more easily with their loved ones. — $50,000

Community Partners – Two Harbors Block Nurse Program, Two Harbors. To launch an intergenerational, comprehensive, community-based service delivery program aimed at providing resources and supports to older adults to assist them in aging in community. — $50,000

North Shore Area Partners, Silver Bay. To support collaborative efforts for organizations serving older adults on the North Shore. — $10,000

Aitkin County CARE, Inc., Aitkin. To launch a program to provide older adults with fresh foods in Aitkin County. — $10,000


American Indian Community Housing Organization, Duluth. To support the creation of a revolving loan fund to support American Indian artists. — $25,000

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