DULUTH, MN (KDAL) - The Northland Foundation distributed nearly $600,000 via 104 grants during the 3rd quarter of 2012. Among these are two special groups of grants. The first group is comprised of 53 grants made to small businesses affected by the devastating flooding in June. This unique grant initiative was developed by the Northland Foundation, which modeled after a similar flood relief program that the Southern Initiative Foundation has implemented in the past. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a weekly basis through December 31stor until funds are expended.
The second noteworthy grant initiative is not made up of cash awards but rather school supplies. Since 2000, the Northland Foundation has connected with schools and community organizations in the region to deliver notebooks, binders, pencils, pens, and more – to help needy students begin the school year with the materials to learn. $42,498 worth of supplies has been donated through the program to date. The Northland Foundation works with funding partners, suppliers, and school personnel to see that each school receives the supplies they need most. Communities served include Aitkin, Bovey-Coleraine, Duluth, Hill City, International Falls, McGregor, and Mountain Iron-Buhl.