Winter and spring grant rounds consolidated in 2023

Foundation brings grant periods together as part of ongoing strategic review

DULUTH—A grant round for Northland nonprofits that typically took place every February will be combined with the April round in 2023 as part of a strategic review underway at the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation.

In recent months, the foundation has worked with consultants to reframe its priorities and mission. The next phase is to analyze and review procedures, including when grants are issued to nonprofit partners.

To provide time to do that thoughtfully, the foundation and its volunteer committees will review all 36 grant opportunities that typically have been part of the two rounds in April.

Each year, the foundation traditionally has offered four grant cycles plus a cycle for scholarships.

“We’ve concluded that if we do not take a pause from a grant round, we’ll simply never have the quality time to assess and craft a smart path forward,” said Shaun Floerke, the foundation’s president and CEO.

He added: “Consolidating these two rounds gives us time, after we’ve wrapped up our 2022 year-end work, which is always a significant undertaking, for this effort. We’re confident that the foundation and our ability to serve the Northland will be strengthened through this investment and focus.”

The foundation will provide updates on its website and social media channels. Please direct any questions to Michelle Morris, community impact director, at [email protected]dsacommunityfoundation.com or 218-726-0232.