Paint donated to area organizationsCommunities will sparkle with fresh paint and pizzazz this summer thanks to the hard work of community groups and the Northland and Valspar Foundations.
Communities will sparkle with fresh paint and pizzazz this summer thanks to the hard work of community groups and the Northland and Valspar Foundations. For the thirteenth year, Northland has partnered with Valspar to provide free paint and coating products for community restoration and beautification. More than 6,500 gallons have been awarded to nearly 170 projects since the program was established in 1998. The grant is available to nonprofit and community organizations in the seven-county Arrowhead Region.
Among those selected in the area include the Lake County Historical Society to paint the historical Agate Bay Light Station buildings, Fairbanks Township, which includes Brimson, to paint the interior at Petrell Hall and the Friends of the Finland Commmunity to create exterior and interior murals at the community building.
“The generosity of the Valspar Foundation has helped residents enhance their communities all across the region. Judging by the number of inquiries we receive year after year, the ‘Minnesota Beautiful’ program continues to fill a great need in northeastern Minnesota,” said Tom Renier, President of the Northland Foundation.
Projects are selected based on visual impact, public benefit, volunteer participation and support, intended use, and benefit to the needy. Projects that qualify include historic buildings, senior citizen centers, community centers, public buildings and parks, murals, or other visual impact projects.