Northland Foundation Awards $471,425 of 1st Quarter Grants in NE MN

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

During the first quarter of 2016, the Northland Foundation awarded 50 grants totaling $471,425 in support of organizations serving the seven counties of the Arrowhead Region. Of this, 12 grants totaling $45,059 were awarded through the Northland’s “Adventure Gap” initiative. This special funding pool was made available to organizations throughout the region to help support children and youth, especially those who are low-income or otherwise at-risk, to participate in outdoor recreation. The competitive application process resulted in funding to a wide array of programming serving young people in Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, and St. Louis counties.

“The Adventure Gap dollars encouraged collaboration between nonprofits, clubs, and schools to expose more kids to healthy activities they might not otherwise get to experience, from rock climbing to skiing,” said Erik Torch, Director of Grantmaking at the Northland Foundation.

In addition, Northland made a major grant of $100,000 to the United Way of Northeastern Minnesota. The United Way extends support to 50 organizations in northern St. Louis, eastern Itasca, and Koochiching counties.  With the current Iron Range economic downturn, their 2016 donations—mainly collected through workplace giving—are expected to be down $400,000.

“This grant from the Northland Foundation will greatly lessen the blow of the reduction in pledged donations we anticipate this year,” stated Shelley Valentini, Executive Director.

The list of Northland Foundation grants approved between January 1 and March 31 can be found at