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 receives court approval, special master released
Ramsey County District Court approves accounts, discharges special master, and establishes 60 percent local grantmaking
Foundation awards $1.7 million in grants
60 grants awarded for work in the Itasca area and rural Minnesota to build vibrant communities.
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Learn about our grant types and application process
Apply for an education grant
Itasca area students: get $1,000 to $4,000 each year for education and training after high school. Based on need. Apply by May 1.
Get up close and personal with C.K. Blandin and his Foundation
In just a handful of months, we will be blowing out our 75th birthday candles. As we get closer to that date, we want to share with you the ways in which Blandin Foundation continues to honor its commitments to its founder, Charles K. Blandin, and to its local Itasca area communities. So here’s your first [...]
Top 3 Vibrant Communities May 11-15
To lift up local community leadership in rural Minnesota, every Friday Blandin Foundation will post the Top 3 Vibrant Communities based on timely news coverage and reader submissions. Grand Rapids: Come roll with us! The Itasca area community is rallying together to roll this weekend at MyrnaLee Mania. At the event, local residents are gunning [...]
Statewide media raise up rural broadband
Just one short month ago, rural voices rallied together in response to the Minnesota House’s decision to cut broadband funding. Some resource shuffling has happened since then but as the session’s end date is quickly approaching, this week we’re seeing a resurgence of rural broadband-related content in the media and online. Here’s a snapshot… KBJR: [...]