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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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 | April 24 â€“ 28
1) Pequot Lakes:Â Action, mystery, humor â€” whatever your genre of preference, the â€śMade in Minnesota: A Celebration of Local Authorsâ€ť event has you covered. Pequot Lakes is inviting authors from all over Minnesota to share their talents with local residents. Full story at the Echo Journal 2) Austin:Â There is probably no other time in a [â€¦]
Top 3 Vibrant Communities | April 17 â€“ 21
1. Lowry:Â Zach Johnson, a young farmer from Lowry, Minnesota, started the MN Millennial Farmer YouTube channel to â€śset straight some misconceptions about farming for people who werenâ€™t familiar with agriculture.â€ť One year later, he probably couldnâ€™t have forecast that his YouTube channel would connect him to two brothers who farm near Sao Paulo, Brazil. Earlier [â€¦]
Minnesotans react to legislative conversations about Internet technologies
As rural Minnesotaâ€™s communities work for solutions to unique opportunities and challenges â€” in healthcare, economy, education and public life â€” itâ€™s easy to see how quality broadband is at the foundation of all of them. Starting up again this week, legislators will re-engage in a number of conversations about the stateâ€™s Internet access that [â€¦]