Northland Foundation Concludes Its Fiscal Year with 35 Grants Totaling $342,700 Awarded Throughout Northeastern Minnesota

Monday, July 10, 2017

The Northland Foundation announces that 35 grants were approved between April 1 and June 30, 2017. The awards for the quarter, which concludes the Foundation’s fiscal year, totaled $342,700 and support an array of projects and programs that nurture children, youth, and families; help individuals to build assets and work to become and remain self-reliant; promote connections between younger and older generations; and support thriving communities in the seven-county Arrowhead Region.

Of the 35 grants, five awards totaling $117,000 were made to child care organizations located in Esko, Duluth, McGregor, Tower, and Two Harbors. Funding was provided by the State of Minnesota, with the support of the Northland Foundation, to expand the availability of child care in the region.

All Northland Foundation grants approved between April 1 and June 30, 2017 are as follows.

 

CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND FAMILIES

 

Kickstart Preschool, LLC, Two Harbors

In support of child care program expansion with funding provided by the State of Minnesota, with support of the Northland Foundation.

 

$50,000

Spirit of the Lake Community School, Duluth

In support of child care program expansion with funding provided by the State of Minnesota, with support of the Northland Foundation.

 

$16,500

Little Beginnings Daycare, McGregor

In support of child care program start-up with funding provided by the State of Minnesota, with support of the Northland Foundation.

 

$10,000

Mini Mos, LLC, Esko

In support of child care program expansion with funding provided by the State of Minnesota, with support of the Northland Foundation.

 

$30,000

Little Eagles Childcare, Inc., Tower

In support of a child care program start-up, with funding provided by the State of Minnesota, with support of the Northland Foundation.

$10,500

 

North Shore Health Care Foundation, Grand Marais

To support improved access to oral health care for Cook County youth.

$5,000

 

Aitkin Public Schools - ISD #001, Aitkin

To support quality out-of-school time programming for Aitkin area youth.

 

$3,500

Itasca County Family YMCA, Grand Rapids

To create a garden at the Bigfork school.

 

$3,000

Hibbing Public Library, Hibbing

To encourage youth to continue reading through a summer reading program.

 

$3,000

Northome KIDS PLUS/Northome School, Northome

To support summer academic programming for Northome area youth.

 

$5,000

Two Harbors Community Radio, Two Harbors

To support programming that engages youth in creating inter-generational radio stories.

 

$5,000

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northland, Duluth

To support the creation of a new branch of the Boys and Girls Club serving youth in Grand Rapids and Greenway School Districts.

 

$20,000

Floodwood KIDS PLUS, Floodwood

To support out of school time activities for youth in the Floodwood area.

 

$14,000

Valley Youth Centers, Duluth

To support summer time programming for youth in West Duluth.

 

$15,000

Friends of the Finland Community, Finland

To support out of school time programming for youth in the Finland area.

 

$10,000

Bridges Kinship Mentoring, Grand Rapids

To support mentoring programs in Itasca county.

$9,000

 

Kindred Family Focus, Cloquet

To fund a staff position to help recruit foster families in Carlton, Aitkin, Itasca, and St. Louis Counties.

$10,000

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR SELF RELIANCE

 

Minnesota Justice Foundation, Duluth

To increase access to legal services for people with low-incomes in Lake, Cook, Aitkin, Carlton and St. Louis Counties.

$2,000

 

Rural and American Indigenous Leadership, Virginia

To support planning activities to improve services to victims of domestic violence on the Iron Range.

$5,000

 

Ely Community Health Center, Ely

To support the creation of an executive director position.

 

$20,000

Project Care Free Clinic, Hibbing

To support free health clinics in Hibbing, Virginia, and Grand Rapids.

$20,000

 

Damiano of Duluth, Inc, Duluth

To support programming to increase access to healthy meals for youth.

 

$5,000

Iron Range Partnership for Sustainability, Virginia

To support a mentoring program to introduce families to gardening.

 

$3,200

Falls Hunger Coalition, Inc., International Falls

Support for the Bonus Bucks program to provide fresh produce and dairy products to people in need.

$10,000

 

RURAL AGING INITIATIVE

The following $52,000 in grants are made in relation to the Northland Foundation’s Rural Aging Initiative, to support 2017 paid summer internships for college students to engage in intergenerational programming and community building in AGE to age sites.

Ely Community Resource, Inc., Ely

$5,500

Aitkin Public Schools - ISD #001, Aitkin

$5,500

Proctor Public Schools - ISD #704, Proctor

$5,500

Chisholm KIDS PLUS, Chisholm

$5,500

McGregor KIDS PLUS / Something Cool, Inc, McGregor

$8,000

Moose Lake Schools - ISD #097, Moose Lake

$5,500

Cloquet Public Schools - ISD #094, Cloquet

$5,500

Northland Village Assisted Living c/o Avinity Senior Living, McGregor

$3,000

Lake Superior School District - ISD #381, Two Harbors

 

CAPACITY BUILDING & COMMUNITY VITALITY

$8,000

 

Occupational Development Center, Inc., Grand Rapids

To support planning efforts to determine new directions for programming.

$5,000

 

Chisholm Community Foundation, Chisholm

To support community-building activities in Chisholm.

$1,000