Vibrant. Rural. Community.
Blandin Foundation is all about Minnesotans imagining, leading, and growing, vibrant, resilient, rural communities.
Where do you see your community today? And more importantly, where do you imagine your community tomorrow? At Blandin Foundation, we see a world of possibilities within your answers, and we are committed to the hard work ahead in realizing all that potential.
Blandin Foundation - Expanded opportunity. Resilient economies. Vibrant. Rural. Community.
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Grants awarded in March 2017
Apply for an education grant
Itasca area students: get $1,000 to $4,500 each year for education and training after high school. Based on need. Apply by March 1.
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Apply for BCLP or BRCLP
Welcoming applications for 2017 community leadership training sessions
10 years. 70-plus communities. Hundreds of solutions for communities to get and use broadband.
Rural Pulse 2016
How are rural Minnesotans experiencing their communities? What are their priorities? Rural Pulse survey results sheds light on these questions…
Legacy and Leadership: An Itasca Story
Itasca area community leaders demonstrate their passion and commitment to making the region a vibrant part of rural Minnesota.
Top 3 Vibrant Communities | May 15 â€“ 19
1) Coleraine:Â When Mount Itascaâ€™s future was in jeopardy, local leaders involved in the Itasca Ski and Outing Club stepped up to the plate, rather the chair lift, to begin the incline to a rejuvenated community resource. Hundreds of volunteer hours and a $10,000 IRRRB grant later, Mount Itasca is well on its way to serving [â€¦]
Top 3 Vibrant Communities | May 8 â€“ 12
1) Detroit Lakes & Perham:Â In 2016, The Boys & Girls Club of Detroit Lakes and Perham served more than 40,000 meals to nearly 600 young people. Their stellar growth rate, quality programming, and commitment to whole communities landed them this yearâ€™s Wellstone Legacy Award from the Minnesota School Counselors Association. Â An event was held in [â€¦]
Top 3 Vibrant Communities | May 1 â€“ 5
1) Wadena: Meeting two days a week, students from four area communities are learning what itâ€™s like to live a day in the life of a number of area business people. The program started as an economic development project with initial funding from 17 area businesses. Itâ€™s not funded by the school, but students have [â€¦]