In the last quarter of 2018, the Northland Foundation made 45 grants to benefit people and communities in Lake, Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching and St. Louis counties. Of these, 15 grants totaling $205,000 were awarded through the Foundation's Rural Aging Initiative.

The Rural Aging Initiative is a three-year program to help older adults age in place, with purpose and independence in their rural communities, as well as to support caregivers.

A dozen Rural Aging Initiative grants last quarter went toward community-based intergenerational projects that connect children and youth with older adults for friendship and civic engagement.

Lake County recipients include:

North Shore Horizons, Inc., Two Harbors: $25,000 to support transitional housing for victims of domestic violence in Two Harbors.

Lake Superior School District, Two Harbors: $15,000 for Rural Aging Initiative.

Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center, Finland: $2,000 to support the development of new curriculum focused on Lake Superior and freshwater.