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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.
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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.
Now taking nominations
Have you seen an act of community leadership recently? Nominate the Itasca area individual or group for an award!
A list of grants awarded in 2015 and recent years.
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 May 1.
Apply for a grant
Learn about our grant types and application process
Apply for BCLP or BRCLP
Welcoming applications for 2015 community leadership training sessions
10 years. 70-plus communities. Hundreds of solutions for communities to get and use broadband.
Our theory of philanthropy
The Foundation's approach to evaluating our work and impact covered by Foundation Review, a peer-reviewed philanthropy journal.
Top 3 Vibrant Communities | February 8 â€“ 12
1) Proctor: Resilience — it’s the cornerstone in many vibrant rural communities. For Proctor, Minnesota, it’s a way of life, according to a recent MinnPost story. Close to the big city of Duluth, Proctor does not fit the bill for your typical bedroom community. A vibrant main street, bustling businesses and a fully functioning school system illustrate […]
Top 3 Vibrant Communities | February 1 â€“ 5
1) Crosby: Over the next three years, a third of Crosby-Ironton School District teachers are set to retire. During a time of low interest by new teachers in rural districts, school leadership knew they couldn’t sit idle. Instead, the district is meeting young teachers where they’re at through a new recruitment campaign. Personal outreach, a promotional video and brochure […]
Top 3 Vibrant Communities | January 25 â€“ 29
1) Cherry: Even rugged northern Minnesotans might not have the necessary skills and knowledge to survive natural disasters like an avalanche or tornado. That’s something a class of ninth graders from Cherry School wants to change. Working on real-world issues, student teams are using technology, science, engineering and math to create new solutions to age-old problems — solutions […]