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Bayfield area organizations benefit from grant funding

More than $9,000 was awarded to four organizations serving Madeline Island from two funds that support the island community.

The money is part of a special grant round announced this summer by the Grutzner Madeline Island Fund and the Michael Madeline Island Fund. Both are part of the Apostle Islands Area Community Fund, a regional affiliate of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation focused on Bayfield, Madeline Island and Red Cliff.

Grants were awarded to La Pointe Center, which received $1,500 for a new lighting system; Madeline Island Historical Preservation Association, which received $2,500 for a "parsonage mural" showcasing the area's cultural history; the town of La Pointe, which received $1,815 for an automated external defibrillator that will be placed at Big Bay Town Park; and Northland College in Ashland, which received $3,197 for its involvement in the Great Lakes Islands Initiative. Money helped cover travel for local representatives to attend an informational session on Beaver Island, Mich., this fall. It also will help plan a gathering next year on Madeline Island with other Great Lakes islands that aren't bridged.

"We're pleased to help fill these community needs and provide financing to make project ideas come to life on Madeline Island," said Meghan Dennison, affiliate officer for the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation. "All of this work helps improve this special community, and we thank the generous donors for making it possible with an extra grant round this year."

The Grutzner Madeline Island Fund focuses on health, safety, education, children, arts, culture and the environment. The Michael Madeline Island Fund supports education, culture, the environment, human services, and historical and cultural preservation.