Northland Foundation Grant Opportunity for Children's Outdoor Recreation

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Northeast MN - The Northland Foundation announces a special funding opportunity designed to increase outdoor recreation for youth in northeastern Minnesota—especially those who don’t typically have opportunities to participate. Grants of up to $4,000 will be awarded to support partnerships between youth-serving organizations (nonprofits or schools providing out-of-school programs) and outdoor recreation user groups (paddling, hiking, biking, fishing, etc.) for activities in Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Koochiching, Itasca, Lake, or St. Louis Counties.

  • Applying organizations must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit or public entity, such as a public school or other unit of government.
  • Projects must be partnerships, ideally between youth-serving organizations and outdoor recreation user groups; however, other partnerships will be considered.
  • Grant funds are flexible, and may be used for staff time, transportation, admission or user fees, food, equipment rental, and purchase of equipment.
  • Demonstrating supportive, culturally sensitive, positive learning environments by applicants is an important component of the grant considerations.

“We view this as an opportunity to support outdoor recreation activities for youth, but also as an opportunity for organizations to foster and learn from partnerships that we expect will continue beyond the grant period,” stated Erik Torch, Northland Foundation’s Director of Grantmaking.

Torch and the Foundation have been involved in the development of the Duluth Children’s Outdoor Charter and pursuing new ways to promote young people—especially those who haven’t had the opportunity before—to take part in activities such as mountain biking, climbing, hiking, fishing, etc., with supervision by caring, trained adults.

Interested organizations should submit a funding application via the Northland Foundation’s website. Find more information about the grant and links to the online application on the Northland Foundation website The deadline is January 31, 2016 and decisions will be made by February 29, 2016. Funding is limited, and a competitive process anticipated.

Organizations can contact Erik Torch, Northland Foundation, (218) 723-4040 with questions.