The Northland Foundation recently awarded 66 grants totaling almost $500,000 to nonprofit and community groups serving northeastern Minnesota. Grants awarded in our area include: $7,000 to ElderCircle of Grand Rapids; $4,000 to Invest Early in Grand Rapids; $2,000 to the Northern Lights Community School in Warba  for the purchase of books for the school library; $15,000 to Bridges Kinship Mentoring in Grand Rapids; $5,000 for Hill City KIDS PLUS; $20,000 for the Itasca County Family YMCA; $5,000 for Northland Counseling Center. For more information on Northland Foundation grants visit their website at