More than $10,000 in awards is largest grant round for community fund 

EVELETH—More than $10,000 has been awarded to nonprofit groups in the Eveleth area for projects including tutoring, social services, youth activities and education. 

The Eveleth Area Community Foundation Fund issued the awards as part of its 2017 grant round. 

“We are all very excited about awarding these grants,” said Vice Chair Georgia Day of the fund’s Advisory Board. “This is far and away the biggest grant round we’ve ever had. It’s exciting to see the fund’s growing ability to help more and more worthwhile organizations in the area. I think we’ve now granted funds to support the good work of more than 20 local organizations.” 

The 2017 recipients, their grant amounts and projects are: 

Volunteers in Education, $2,235 for a volunteer tutoring program in Eveleth and Gilbert 

The United Way of Northeastern Minnesota Inc., $2,500 for the Buddy Backpacks program in Eveleth and Gilbert 

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, $2,500 for the agency’s Family Resource Center 

Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin Lakes and Pines, $2,000 for the Girl Scout Leadership Pathways program in Eveleth 

Advocates For Family Peace, $1,000 for a teen-dating violence education program 

“It’s hard to believe that the fund has been giving back to the community for nearly 10 years,” said Advisory Board Chair Ryan Turner. “We’ve grown and formed new partnerships, collaborated on new projects and programs and expanded our portfolio of funds and scholarships.” 

He added: “We have much to be thankful for, and yet there is still so much that can be done. I only wish we could have more positively responded to the requests we had to turn down. We have great hopes that our year-end fundraising campaign, with one-to-one matching, will push us over $500,000 in endowed gifts.” 

Grant applications for 2018 will be accepted this spring. The first step is filing a letter of intent to apply by Feb. 15. More information is available at


The Eveleth Area Community Foundation Fund was created in 2008 to enhance and improve the quality of life of the citizens in the Eveleth area and to encourage others to do the same. Advisory Board members are: Chair Ryan Turner, Vice Chair Georgia, Secretary Shelly Russ and members Charanna Conger, Jerry Hoel, Jane Kingston, Mike Lenich and John Mayasich. The fund is an affiliate of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation, which makes grants to nonprofits and to individuals for scholarships while also providing leadership on community initiatives in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. Learn more at