Grant Program

In 2017-2018, the Grant Program provided financial and technical resources within the priorities of Children, Youth, and Families; and Individual and Community Wellbeing.


Volunteer Services of Carlton County:
Wellness and care for older adults

With a small but mighty staff team, Volunteer Services of Carlton County, Inc. (VSCCI) coordinates more than 400 volunteers monthly and serves over 3,500 older adults and people with disabilities each year.

Grants from the Northland Foundation’s Rural Aging Initiative have helped VSCCI to set a strategic course for a Wellness Center, which opened in late 2016, introduce new technology, and plan a multi-use expansion, including a community space.

“The grant funding from Northland has helped us innovate and plan for new services in health, wellness, and caregiver support,” said Jill Hatfield, VSCCI’s executive director.

“At our Wellness Center, families, student-athletes, and older adults mix together, which is great to see,” she added.

Ron Peterson, 87 years young, may be most dedicated of all 450 members. He works out “like clockwork” which benefits him in more ways than one. Ron has not only maintained a healthy routine but also built friendships at the Center.

VSCCI promotes wellness in many forms.


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Grants Summary

In 2017-2018 the Northland Foundation awarded 234 grants totaling $2,183,561 within the following categories.

47% Children Youth and Families including 35 Minnesota Power Foundation Youth In Philanthropy grants
109 grants - $593,272

15% Individual and Community Wellbeing
35 grants - $426,750

29% Rural Aging Initiative
68 grants - $1,055,999

9% Other including Social Enterprise Initiative, Capacity Building, and Economic Development and Community Vitality
22 grants - $107,540

Use the following drop-down menu to view grants awarded during the last fiscal year.


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