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Applications for Final Round of 2021 NSHCF Funding Due Friday

Sep 28, 2021 12:46PM ● By Editor

From the North Shore Health Care Foundation (NSHCF) - September 28, 2021 

Applications for the second and final round of 2021 North Shore Health Care Foundation (NSHCF) grant funds are due Friday, Oct. 1. Just over $14,500 is available to award through the semi-annual grant grants to community organizations and programs which contribute to equitable health care and healthy living in Cook County. Applications are due by 4 pm, Friday. 

The Foundation works to address health care gaps and needs in Cook County, and improve access to equitable health care and healthy living programs for all who live, work and play in our neck of the woods. In 2021 to-date, NSHCF has awarded $45,127 of this year’s available $60,000, through its annual block grants and the first round of grant applications received in May. 

“We believe in the possibilities of people, organizations, businesses, and governments working together to create healthy communities for all,” said Valerie Marasco Eliasen, Executive Director. “We believe health is not just the absence of illness, but that a healthy community is embodied in prevention and health education and is maintained through all of its systems including food, recreation and learning opportunities, housing, employment, clean air and water, healthy exercise and social opportunities, as well as access to quality, affordable health care. 

“Our primary contributions for creating a healthy Cook County lie in our ability to provide and leverage funding, provide educational opportunities including convening community partners to address critical health issues facing the community, and by advocating with others to help us achieve a healthy community. There are a lot of deserving programs and people working really hard to provide these opportunities in Cook County and the Foundation is pleased to support these efforts as a go-to resource.”

Where gaps exist, the Health Care Foundation also develops and incubates programs to address critical needs. Success stories in this regard include developing and then spinning off Care Partners of Cook County and the Oral Health Task Force, and now incubating the Cook County MN Restorative Justice program.

Now in its 28th year, the Foundation has issued $92,127 in grant funds in 2020 and 2021 to-date, to organizations and initiatives which contribute to healthy living, address gaps in health care and to improve equitable access to health in rural Cook County, through a semi-annual application process or through the annual block grant program. The following programs received awards over the last 18 months:


  • Care Partners of Cook County – $10,000 for operation of programs, services and new initiatives
  • The COVID-19 Medical Response Fund – $20,000 match of community donations, so health providers and emergency response units have what they need for local response and vaccination efforts
  • Learning Opportunities Through Stories (LOTS) Early childhood education which contributes to mental and emotional health and family bonds - $1,000
  • Great Lunch Program at Great Expectations School to ens all children have access to healthy food at school regardless of ability to pay, and eliminate singling out children on Free or Reduced Lunch program – $5,000
  • Snacks & Packs for Kids ensures children get food on weekends, holidays and summer break.
  • NSHCF helped feed 63 children from Tofte to Grand Portage, throughout the summer – $3,000
  • Cook Co. Emergency Chaplaincy Program provides emotional support to First Responders, Law
  • Enforcement, 911 Dispatchers, as well as victims and families on-scene during incidents – $2,000
  • Great Lunch Program Phase 2 to help address additional enrollment and expand the school food
  • program to include breakfast, five days a week – $5,000
  • New Growing Families Program through Cook County PHHS supports one another through childbearing and early parenting during the pandemic and beyond – $7,100
  • Trauma Exposure Training and Peer Support Counselling Training for all staff in Public Health & Human Services – approx. $5,000


  • Care Partners of Cook County – Operation of programs, services and new initiatives - $10,000
  • Cook County Fire Cheifs' Association - Development of a local Live Burn Training site to be located at the Colvill Fire Hall property for inter-agency training - $6,000
  • Cook County Search & Rescue - Bringing advanced Search Management training from Vermilion Community College to Cook County for up to 20 responders - $4,000
  • Cook County Higher Education - Operation of health care and community health education programs - $10,000
  • Hovland Fire Department - Purchase of second-hand 2000 Fire Pumper Truck to update fleet through redirection of existing grant funds - $5,000
  • Learning Opportunities Through Stories (LOTS) Program - Early childhood education program - $1,000
  • Public Health & Human Services - Cook County Collaborative Transportation Solution for Elders – $10,000 
  • The Hub for Medical Equipment Program Support for elders and others in the community - $1,127 

Since its inception in 1993, the Foundation has issued over $1,200,000 in grants to community organizations and programs which contribute to equitable health care and healthy living in Cook County. Grant applications and eligibility criteria are available at

Valerie Marasco Eliasen
Executive Director
North Shore Health Care Foundation
P.O. Box 454
Grand Marais MN 55604
or [email protected]
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