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Northland Foundation awards over $265,000 in grants

The Northland Foundation awarded 52 grants totaling $267,202 to nonprofit programs and projects in northeastern Minnesota during the fourth quarter. The Foundation's self-reliance priority was evident by a number of sizeable grants made between Oct.

The Northland Foundation awarded 52 grants totaling $267,202 to nonprofit programs and projects in northeastern Minnesota during the fourth quarter. The Foundation's self-reliance priority was evident by a number of sizeable grants made between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31. Self-reliance includes such things as affordable housing initiatives, job training, and support for programs that help individuals and families to live with dignity and independence.

Grants awarded in Carlton County include Fond du Lac Reservation Human Services Division in Cloquet which received $1,000 to co-sponsor the Minnesota and Wisconsin American Indian Cancer Conference Oct. 22-24, 2008, at Black Bear Casino Resort.

Churchill Elementary in Cloquet was given $2,800 to raise the achievement levels in reading and mathematics with selected fourth- and fifth-grade students on Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments.

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in Cloquet received $600 in support of a holiday celebration event for youth participants in an earth science camp.

Wrenshall School was awarded a $500 Youth in Philanthropy Grant.

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The Northland Foundation is a resource for people, businesses, and communities working toward prosperity through economic and social justice in Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake and St. Louis counties. The grant program directs resources to nonprofits addressing the areas of children and youth/strengthening families, poverty alleviation/self-reliance, and programming to help older adults remain vital and independent. The Business Finance Program provides loans to help grow a sustainable economy. The KIDS PLUS family of programs is focused on improving the well-being of children and youth.

Visit www.northlandfdn.org for more information.

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