Additional $ 1 Million in Grants Available for Northland Nonprofits


DULUTH, MN. (KBJR) -Northland nonprofits received good news on Thursday when the upper Duluth area

The Community Foundation said it had $ 1 million in grants.

Last year, the foundation donated $ 2.7 million.

The plan this year is to donate an additional $ 1 million as the pandemic continues to present challenges.

The foundation said it was the right thing to do.

The decision comes from the foundation’s board of directors.

“We see needs every day and we know that these funds can make a difference”, Chairman of the Foundation Board

says Joscelyn Skandel. “We have always worked carefully to balance the grants with the funds under

management, which generate income for future grants. The board of directors is confident in the solid financial position of the foundation. We want to do more and we know our community will benefit from this help. “

The foundation made the announcement in the Spirit Valley building of the Duluth YWCA, where the

YWCA operates a child care program and a housing program for young mothers.

The foundation funded both programs.

Loni Leppioja, director of the YWCA Early Years Center, said the Twin Ports area, like most parts of the country, suffers from a lack of child care.

Its program is aimed at six-week-old kindergarten children.

More information on the Child Care and Housing Program for Young Mothers is available at

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