Northland Foundation Grants

Grants to Northeastern Minnesota Nonprofits,
Schools, and Agencies to Promote Social Welfare

GrantWatch ID#: 161199
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Northland Foundation


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Grants of up to $5,000 and grants greater than $5,000 to Northeastern Minnesota nonprofit organizations, schools, and public agencies for programs in the following areas: children, youth, and families; self-reliance; and independent aging. Eligible organizations operate in Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis Counties.

Organizations may submit Large Grant applications for requests over $5,000, and Small Grant applications for requests of $5,000 and under.

The Northland Foundation provides resources to organizations whose programming nurtures and values children and youth, and supports healthy families; provides individuals and families with the tools to become self-reliant through economic and social justice; promotes diversity and inclusiveness; and encourages older adults to maintain their vitality and share their wisdom.

To be considered, requests must address at least one of the following three priority areas.

1) Children, Youth, and Families

The Northland Foundation supports programs that deliver:

-Positive interaction between youth and caring adults
-Early childhood care and education
-Safe, stimulating youth activities for in-school and out-of-school time
-Parenting and grandparenting support
-Promotion of respect, diversity, and inclusiveness, in and out of the classroom
-Improved information about and access to vital services for young people and families
-Youth leadership, civic involvement, volunteerism, and philanthropy

To promote youth volunteerism and charitable giving, the Northland Foundation also offers grants through the Minnesota Power Foundation Youth In Philanthropy Program. This unique grantmaking board consists of 16 students in grades 8-12, and adult mentors, from throughout the region. Community and school groups and nonprofit organizations are invited to submit grant proposals of up to $1,000 for youth-driven projects that are supported by an adult advisor.

2) Opportunities for Self-Reliance

The Northland Foundation considers funding projects that address:

-Job training, employment, and education for low-income people
-Asset building, including home ownership, and financial literacy
-Neighborhood revitalizations and safe, affordable housing
-Services to enhance the lives of people with disabilities
-Alleviation of poverty and homelessness
-Prevention of domestic violence and abuse
-Promotion of respect, equality, and justice for all people
-Social enterprise (mission-driven business ventures that help nonprofits to become self-sustaining

3) Aging with Independence

The Northland Foundation is interested in funding initiatives that provide:

-Volunteer, employment, and learning opportunities for older adults
-Activities that bring the older and younger generations together
-Services that help older people maintain their well-being and independence
-Support for caregivers

The Northland Foundation has developed and operates Northland Village Assisted Living Communities in the small towns of Buhl, Hoyt Lakes, and McGregor which enable rural seniors to receive the care they need in the communities they love.

The Northland Foundation will consider grant requests for:

-Existing programs or expansion of programs as well as projects which are time-limited in nature.

-Start-up costs for promising new programs or nonprofit organizations that demonstrate sound management and clear goals relevant to community needs.

-Support for high-performing organizations that seek to build their capacity and strengthen their organizational management or infrastructure.

-General operating support for organizations the Foundation has partnered with successfully in the past, who have a solid track record of high performance, and who provide programs and services that fit solidly within the Foundation’s priority areas.

-Large Grants: Over $5,000
-Small Grants: $5,000 and under

Community and school groups and nonprofit organizations are invited to submit grant proposals of up to $1,000 for youth-driven projects that are supported by an adult advisor.

Eligible organizations are 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofits, schools, and other public entities located in or serving the seven-county region of northeastern Minnesota.

More information about the Foundation’s service area may be found here:

The Northland Foundation generally WILL NOT consider grant requests for:

-Programs or projects outside of the priority areas or taking place outside of the seven-county area of northeastern Minnesota.
-Grants to individuals, businesses, or private foundations.
-Sectarian religious programs.
-Endowment, capital campaigns, or support for fundraising events.
-Replacement of traditional government services or public funding that has been cut.

Applicants interested in applying for grant funds are strongly encouraged to contact the Northland Foundation to discuss project ideas with program staff as the first step. To discuss a project idea, please contact Erik Torch (see contact details below).

The Northland Foundation accepts inquiries (over $5,000) and small grant requests ($5,000 and under) on a quarterly basis.

The deadlines are January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1.

Review times are approximately 30 days for small grant requests and 3 months for inquiries/requests over $5,000.

If an inquiry is approved, you will be invited to submit a full application as part of the review process.

The Northland Foundation uses a web-based portal for organizations to both apply for funding and to submit grant reports. Applicants’ first step is to take an eligibility quiz to determine if the intended request is a good fit with Northland’s funding interests. If the potential request is eligible, the organization can complete one of two applications which differ based on the amount of the request.

Grant Guidelines:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Small Grants Portal Entry:

Large Grants Portal Entry:

To discuss a project idea, please contact:

Erik Torch, Director of Grantmaking
(218) 723-4040 / 1-800-433-4045

Northland Foundation
202 West Superior Street, Suite 610
Duluth, Minnesota 55802

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USA: Minnesota: Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis Counties

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