Northland Foundation Awards 42 Grants, Including More Than $50,000 for Child Care Expansion

Monday, August 12, 2019

During the second quarter of 2019, the Northland Foundation awarded 42 grants totaling $389,835. Five grants of $10,000 were made to increase the supply of child care openings in the region. The five child care grants were awarded to help with the start-up four new programs that will be located in Eveleth, Aitkin, Duluth, and Hermantown, and to help expand an existing child care program located in Virginia. The $50,000 in funding for these grants was provided by the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

“We are appreciative that the State of Minnesota has committed funding to help increase access to high-quality child care in our region,” stated Tony Sertich, Northland Foundation’s President. “Solutions to the shortage of care can be found if public and private sectors – like the Northland Foundation – work together with local communities, and we continue to support the child care providers who are already doing this incredibly important job.”

All 42 grants made between April 1st and June 30th are as follows.

 

Child Care Grants, Northeastern Minnesota

For child care program start-ups and expansions with funding provided by the Minnesota Department of Human Services and the support of the Northland Foundation.

$50,000

 

Brandie's Little Bear Learning Center, Eveleth

$10,000

Hope United Methodist Church, Duluth

$10,000

Virginia Drop In Daycare, Virginia

$10,000

Aitkin Health Services, Aitkin

$10,000

Duluth Area Family YMCA, Duluth

$10,000

 

 

 

YWCA of Duluth, Duluth

To support high quality care and education for the YWCA's child care and preschool programs.

$4,510

 

Northome KIDS PLUS/Northome School, Northome

To provide programming to introduce youth to a variety of careers.

 

$5,000

Northome KIDS PLUS/Northome School, Northome

To support a new service learning program for middle school students.

 

$2,500

Hibbing Public Library, Hibbing

To support a summer reading program in the Hibbing area.

 

$5,000

Hibbing Kinship Mentoring Program, Hibbing

To support strong social-emotional development through mentoring for Hibbing area youth.

 

$27,500

Cook County Schools - ISD #166, Grand Marais

To support in-school programming that supports the social-emotional development of students.

 

$18,000

Kids Closet of Duluth, Duluth

To provide school clothing and winter outerwear to students in need.

 

$5,000

North Shore Health Care Foundation, Grand Marais

To support access to oral health education and care to children and youth in Cook County.

 

 

$10,000

INDIVIDUAL AND COMMUNITY WELLBEING

 

Fathers Rise Together, Duluth

To support business planning workshops to assist entrepreneurs of color in the Duluth area.

 

$9,000

Well Being Development, Ely

To support the launch of a new program to help people with chronic mental illness gain access to employment opportunities.

 

$25,000

Arc Northland, Duluth

To support the development of a new strategic plan.

 

$4,500

Northland Counseling Center, Grand Rapids

To support an updated housing study for Itasca County.

 

$2,500

Falls Hunger Coalition, Inc., International Falls

To increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables for people with low incomes.

 

$10,000

Second Harvest North Central Food Bank, Grand Rapids

To support the distribution of fresh produce to low-income families through market pop-ups.

 

$20,000

Advocates Against Domestic Abuse d/b/a HOPE (Healing Opportunity Provided Equally), Aitkin

To support programming to increase the safety of victims of domestic violence.

 

$25,000

Ely Community Health Center, Ely

To support health care services for people without insurance.

 

 

$11,000

AGING

 

Mobility Mania, Grand Rapids

To increase independent living, inclusion, and integration for people in wheelchairs, aging adults, and their caregivers in Itasca County.

 

$10,000

Koochiching Aging Options, International Falls

To support services for older adults and their caregivers.

 

 

$15,000

RURAL AGING INITIATIVE – AGE to age IMPLEMENTATION

The following grants were awarded through the Northland Foundation's Rural Aging Initiative to help olders adults and their caregivers live well in their homes and communities.

 

Northern Itasca Hospital District, Bigfork

To support intergenerational programming through the Rural Aging Initiative.

 

$15,000

Barnum Schools - ISD #091, Barnum

To support intergenerational programming through the Rural Aging Initiative.

 

 

$15,000

RURAL AGING INITIATIVE – AGE to age SUMMER COLLEGE INTERN PROGRAM
The following grants were awarded through the Northland Foundation's Rural Aging Initiative to help olders adults and their caregivers live well in their homes and communities.

 

AGE to age Sites, Northeastern Minnesota

To provide paid internship opportunities to college students over the summer, to gain experience in intergenerational programming in their hometowns.

$49,500

 

Lake Superior School District - ISD #381, Two Harbors

$5,500

Hibbing AGE to age, Hibbing

$5,500

Cloquet Public Schools - ISD #094, Cloquet

$5,500

Proctor Public Schools - ISD #704, Proctor

$5,500

Chisholm KIDS PLUS, Chisholm

$5,500

Aitkin Public Schools - ISD #001, Aitkin

$5,500

Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Cloquet

$5,500

Moose Lake Schools - ISD #097, Moose Lake

$5,500

McGregor KIDS PLUS/Something Cool, Inc., McGregor

 

 

$5,500

RURAL AGING INITIATIVE – AGING INNOVATIONS PROGRAM
The following grants were awarded through the Northland Foundation's Rural Aging Initiative to help older adults and their caregivers live well in their homes and communities.

 

North Shore Area Partners, Silver Bay

To support the launch of a new program of in-home personal caregiving to older adults in eastern Lake County and western Cook County.

 

 

$20,000

CAPACITY BUILDING

 

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, Saint Paul

To support activities to strengthen the nonprofit sector in northeast Minnesota.

 

$5,000

Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Grand Portage

To support the development of a website to provide historical, program, and community information for the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

 

$8,000

North House Folk School, Grand Marais

To provide increased staff capacity to support organizational expansion.

 

 

$15,000

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNITY VITALITY

 

Iron Range Economic Alliance, Duluth

To support economic development efforts on the Iron Range.

 

$75

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, Saint Paul

Membership support for programs and activities in northeastern Minnesota.

 

$750

American Indian Community Housing Organization, Duluth

To support the Indigenous Foods Expo being held in September 2019.

 

$1,000

Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Grand Portage

To support social engagement programming for Grand Portage elders.

 

$1,000