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Northland Foundation - Minnesota Power Foundation Youth In Philanthropy
Grants of up to $1,000 to Wisconsin and Northeastern Minnesota nonprofit organizations, community groups, and school groups to benefit children and youth in eligible communities. Funding is intended to support projects planned and led by young people in Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis Counties in Minnesota, and in Superior, Wisconsin.
The Youth In Philanthropy Program is a unique grantmaking board that engages seventh through twelfth grade students from around the region, guided by adult mentors, to gain hands-on experience with philanthropy and volunteer service. Through Youth In Philanthropy, young people have an opportunity to develop and implement projects that will benefit their schools, youth-serving organizations, and communities. Community and school groups as well as youth-serving nonprofit organizations may submit grant applications, written by children and youth, for projects driven by children and youth.
Grants have provided thousands of children and youth with resources to participate in after-school enrichment, environmental learning, community beautification, and much more.
Projects that qualify for grant consideration are:
- Projects planned, written, and carried out by one or more youth with support from an adult advisor.
- Projects that take place in communities within the seven Minnesota counties listed above as well as in Superior, Wisconsin.
- Projects that address a community, school, or organizational need and engage young people as leaders and/or volunteers.
GrantWatch ID#: 184799
The board awards up to $1,000 per grant.
Community and school groups as well as youth-serving nonprofit organizations may submit grant applications, written by children and youth. Examples of those who can apply for a Youth In Philanthropy grant are:
- Youth groups (4-H, Girl Scouts, etc.),
- Youth-serving organizations or programs (youth centers, Boys & Girls Clubs, etc.),
- Organizations or clubs within schools and communities, such as peer helpers, student council, etc.
Young people in Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis Counties, as well as in Superior, Wisconsin, may request a grant.
Projects Not Funded:
- Support for individuals.
- Requests for scholarships.
- Fundraising campaigns for 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.
There are three grantmaking rounds per year with deadlines of October 1, January 1, and April 1.
The Youth In Philanthropy Board meets 3 times per year. 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, and 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.
To be considered for a Youth In Philanthropy Grant from the Northland Foundation, the project and grant application must be planned, written, and carried out by young people (children or youth) involved in a youth organization with the support of an adult advisor.
Contact the Northland Foundation to talk about your idea and see if it fits within Youth In Philanthropy grant guidelines before submitting it.
If you can’t access the form online, or if you have any questions, please email or phone Program Associate Jan Amys at the Northland Foundation.
For Information about the Grant Application Process: https://northlandfdn.org/grants/apply-report.php#yip
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Applicants should submit their grant applications to:
Jan Amys, Program Associate
202 W. Superior Street, Suite 610
Duluth, MN 55802
218.723.4040 or 1.800.433.4045
USA: Minnesota: Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis Counties; Wisconsin: Superior