DULUTH, Minn. -

Nine nonprofit groups and one government agency received $1.5 Million in grants to help children and families in poverty close the “opportunity gap."

The opportunity gap is the differences in opportunities available to people who are wealthy, and live in poverty. The projects chosen for the grant will help families with early childhood education, transportation mentoring, and employment.

Holly Sampson of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation said, "When we look at the 23% of the kids in Duluth living in poverty and the 31% of the children in Superior living in poverty, there is a disproportionate representation of the people of color in those communities, and we're very concerned about that."

Some of the organizations that received the grant include Men as Peacemakers, Community Action Duluth, and Churches United in Ministry.