Northland Foundation awards 54 grants totaling $380,225 in third quarter of 2018

From July 1 to Sept. 30, 2018, the Northland Foundation staff and Board of Trustees approved 54 grants to programs and projects serving people and communities in the seven counties of northeastern Minnesota. A total of $380,225 was awarded to support Children, Youth, and Families; Individual and Community Wellbeing; Economic Development and Community Vitality; and the Rural Aging Initiative.

Among the larger grants were four awarded to support positive out-of-school-time activities and enrichment opportunities for students in the region. Awards made last quarter include $20,000 for students in Nashwauk-Keewatin; $5,000 for students in Ball Club; $20,000 for students in Greenway and Grand Rapids; and $15,000 for students in Finland.

“Helping communities to offer positive, supervised after-school and summer programming for children and youth has been a focus of the Northland Foundation for decades, through both the Grant Program and KIDS PLUS Program,” stated Erik Torch, Director of Grantmaking.

All grants awarded by the Northland Foundation July 1 – Sept. 30, in our area are as follows.


School Districts, Northeastern Minnesota

In support of planning and activities to strengthen the PreK to Grade 3 learning continuum, awarded to school district and Reservation school teams that attended the 2018 Early Childhood Summit. $17,000

Mesabi East Early Childhood Coalition, Aurora, $1,000

St Louis County Schools - ISD 2142, Virginia, $1,000

Virginia School District - ISD 706, Virginia, $1,000

Ely Community Resource, Inc., Ely, $1,000

Virginia School District - ISD 706, Virginia — To support staff development of K-2 teachers and paraprofessionals to strengthen social emotional programming for students, $10,000

Nashwauk-Keewatin Schools - ISD 319, Nashwauk — To support out-of-school time programming for elementary aged children in the Nashwauk-Keewatin Schools, $20,000

Mobility Mania, Grand Rapids — To support youth leadership and enrichment opportunities in Ball Club, $5,000

Deer River Schools - ISD 317, Deer River — To support increased family outreach as part of the Full Service Community School model, $25,000

South Ridge School - ISD 2142, Culver — To provide in-school enrichment programming that helps students explore issues of implicit bias, diversity, equity, and inclusion, $3,500


Minnesota Diversified Industries, Grand Rapids — To provide personal and professional skill development to help people with disabilities thrive in the workplace, $10,000

Range Transitional Housing, Inc., Virginia — To help people with low incomes in northern St. Louis County connect to available resources, $1,800

Second Harvest North Central Food Bank, Grand Rapids — To support programming to reduce the incidence of childhood hunger in Itasca and Aitkin counties, $10,000


Ely Community Resource, Inc., Ely — To engage older adults in helping boost academic achievement, $5,000

Floodwood KIDS PLUS, Floodwood — To support intergenerational programming through the Rural Aging Initiative, $15,000


United Way of Northeastern Minnesota, Chisholm — To strengthen the organizational capacity of the United Way to provide funding and programming in northern St. Louis and Koochiching counties, $15,000


Blandin Foundation, Grand Rapids — To support efforts to expand broadband access in rural communities, $1,000

Chisholm Downtown Revitalization, Chisholm — To support community vitality efforts in Chisholm, $2,500

Chisholm Community Foundation, Chisholm — To support community-building activities in Chisholm, $1,000


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