Northcountry Cooperative Foundation awarded grant through the Blue Cross Foundation

For Immediate Release

Grant helps create greater health equity in the community

Minneapolis Minn. (June 29 2015) — The Northcountry Cooperative Foundation (NCF) received a $40,000 grant from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation to help more community members reach their full health potential. The funds will be used support NCF’s transformative work of converting MN manufactured home communities to resident (cooperative) ownership.

The NCF grant is one of 24 awarded across the state through Healthy Communities: Health Equity in Action. The projects all focus on one or more of the following social or economic factors that have a great influence on health: education, employment, income, family and social support or community safety. A total of $1.5 million was awarded.  

“We’re pleased to support the great work of NCF— a community asset that is truly making a difference in helping people have better options for good health,” said Foundation Executive Director Carolyn Link.  “Northcountry Cooperative Foundation demonstrates a commitment to broadening the way we look at health.”

“We’re thrilled to have the support of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation in the pursuit of our mission of transforming lives and communities through cooperative enterprise” said NCF’s Executive Director, Warren Kramer.

For more information on Blue Cross’ grantmaking programs, visit or call (651) 662-3950 or toll free at 1-866-812-1593.

For more information on Northcountry Cooperative Foundation, visit or call (612) 767-2116.

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation  exclusively dedicates its assets to improving health in Minnesota, awarding nearly $41.5 million since it was established in 1986. The Foundation’s purpose is to make a healthy difference in communities by advancing health equity and improving the conditions where people live, learn, work and play.