Blandin Foundation partners with community-focused organizations throughout rural Minnesota to build healthy communities. In addition to addressing public policy issues, providing scholarships, conducting leadership development programs and providing technical assistance, the Foundation also supports these partnerships through grants of money generated by the trust of Charles K. Blandin.
Since Mr. Blandin's first grant of $600 for a community park in 1943, the Blandin Foundation has approved 8,000 grants totaling $381 million.
To be eligible for Blandin Foundation grants, organizations must be located in Minnesota, be a 501(c)3 organization or unit of government, and propose projects that align with the Foundation's mission and focus areas of:
- Vibrant Itasca communities all dimensions of local communities are healthier
- Invest in leadership skilled community leaders recognize and capitalize on opportunities, strengthen diverse relationships, and motivate others to act to strengthen their community of place or interest
- Expand opportunity all residents experience greater opportunity possible through the blend of economic vitality, intentional inclusion and education success
To learn about the types of grants we award visit our grants site.
If you are an Itasca area student age 25 or younger, you might be interested in our Education Grants program.