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Northland Foundation Grants

Northland Foundation

About the Grant Program

The Northland Foundation's Grant Program provides financial and technical resources to 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofits, schools, and other public entities serving Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis Counties. Support is directed toward two priorities areas: Children, Youth, and Families and Opportunities for Self-Reliance.

The first step in securing a grant is to speak with Grant Program staff to determine if the project is a promising candidate for Northland Foundation funding. For more information, please email Erik Torch, Director of Grantmaking, or call him at (218) 723-4040 or 1-800-433-4045.


Rural Aging Initiative Phase II 2017-2019

The second 3-year phase of the Northland Foundation’ Rural Aging Initiative builds upon the previous 3-year Phase I to strengthen the capacity of nonprofit and community-based organizations working to meet the needs of older adults.

Community-based Nonprofit Capacity Building

A total of 18 nonprofit organizations serving a large percentage of older adults and family caregivers are engaged in capacity building that includes training, peer learning, and the opportunity to apply for up to $25,000 in funding.

Innovation and Collaboration

The Initiative will also include opportunities for funding to support innovative approaches and collaborations. The Northland Foundation will host information sessions in the region in relation to the innovation funding opportunity. Watch for more information in summer 2017.

Intergenerational Programming through AGE to age communities

The 16 AGE to age: bringing generations together sites in the seven-county region will be provided opportunities to expand their work connecting children and youth with older adults, including paid summer internships to local college students to support intergenerational programming and community organizing.


Social Enterprise Initiative: supporting entrepreneurial strategies to reduce poverty

The Northland Foundation has partnered with nine organizations pursuing or expanding a social enterprise to support their work helping people with low incomes to develop career pathways and build financial assets. With support from the Northwest Area Foundation, the Northland Foundation is providing participating organizations with training, peer learning, technical assistance, and grant funding to strengthen their work. Technical assistance partners include MAP for Nonprofits and the UMD Center for Economic Development.