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.
Foundation awards $3.4 million in grants
Our most recent round of grants includes more than 90 awards to organizations in the Itasca area and throughout the state.
Foundation extends broadband commitment
Blandin Foundation trustees approve continuation of broadband programs through 2016.
10 years. 60-plus communities. Hundreds of solutions for communities to get and use broadband.
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