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Grant Guidelines and Application Deadlines

The following information may be used as general guidelines, but each Minnesota Power Foundation Youth In Philanthropy grant application will be reviewed on its individual merits. The Youth In Philanthropy Board invites young people in the seven-county region of northeastern Minnesota, which includes Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis Counties; as well as Superior, Wisconsin to prepare a grant proposal for up to $1,000.

The project and grant application must be planned, written, and carried out by young people involved in a youth organization with the support of an adult advisor. Through the Youth In Philanthropy Program, young people have an opportunity to develop and implement projects that will benefit their schools, organizations, and communities.

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What Are the Upcoming Grant Application Deadlines?

The Youth In Philanthropy Board meets 3x per year – usually in October, January, and April.  In order to have your grant proposal considered at the next upcoming Board meeting, you must submit your application to the Northland Foundation by:

  • October 1st (for the October Board meeting)
  • January 1st (for the January Board meeting)
  • April 1st (for the April Board meeting)

Funding decisions are normally made by the Board within 30 days of these deadlines. If your proposal receives a grant, you will likely receive notification of the award another 2-3 weeks after that.  Be sure to plan ahead with your proposal and project timeline so that you allow time for the Board to meet and time for the Northland Foundation to process the grant awards, before work on your project is scheduled to begin.

Who Can Apply for Funding?

Young people who are involved in:

  • Youth groups (4-H, Girl Scouts, etc.)
  • Youth-serving organizations/programs (Youth Centers, etc.)
  • Organizations within schools and communities (Peer Helpers, Student Council, etc.) that are located in the seven-county region of northeastern Minnesota and Superior, Wisconsin.

What Projects Qualify for Grant Consideration?

  • Projects that are planned, written, and carried out by one or more youth and supported by an adult advisor.
  • Projects that take place in communities within the following Minnesota counties: Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis, as well as Superior, Wisconsin.
  • Projects that address a community, school, or organizational need and engage young people as leaders and/or volunteers.
  • Projects associated with a nonprofit organization or that have a relationship with a fiscal agent.
  • Project timeline includes enough lead time for the Youth In Philanthropy Board to review the application at their next meeting and process a grant before any actual work on your project is scheduled to begin. Keep in mind it usually takes about 30 days beyond the application deadline date for the Board to meet and decide on funding.

What Projects Do Not Qualify for Grant Consideration?

  • Support for individuals
  • Requests for scholarships
  • Fund-raising campaigns or dinners, ticket sales, and similar activities
  • Requests for individual or team expenses to participate in competitions
  • Funding to build, renovate, or maintain buildings
  • Direct support to religious organizations, programs, or events (although support for youth activities for the larger community will be considered from faith-based organizations)
  • Projects planned solely by adults

How Do Youth Prepare a Grant Application?

The Grant Application Form is available for download on this website. If you are not able to access the form online, or if you have any questions, please email Program Associate Jan Amys or call her at (218) 723-4040 or 1-800-433-4045.

  • Provide all contact information on the first page of the application form.
  • Answer the following questions outlined on the grant application:
    • What is the goal of the youth proposed project? Please describe the project.
    • Who will benefit from this project? Estimate the number of people to be served.
    • Why is the project needed and important to your organization?
    • How will the project happen?  List activities that will be done.  Identify how many people will work on the project: Youth __     Adults __
    • When and Where will this project take place?
  • Complete the budget form.

NOTE: If necessary, you may attach additional pages or re-create the application form.

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