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Year-end grant lists

January 22, 2021

Looking for our grantmaking from the past year? Check out a couple new resources on our Grant Lists page: Itasca Area Grants 2020 - all grants made in the Itasca area, including COVID-19 grants. Plus great stories about local leaders who stepped up to answer the community's call during COVID. Full 2020 Grants List -…

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Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center advances sustainability in rural Minnesota

January 21, 2021

Colleen Foehrenbacher is the executive director at Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center near Lanesboro, Minn. Eagle Bluff is an outdoor learning center that connects people with the earth and each other. Each year, their main program brings over 12,000 students for overnight trips involving hands-on learning and adventure experiences in nature.  Blandin Foundation has awarded…

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Current and Upcoming Leadership Training

Due to COVID restrictions we have temporarily suspended our face-to-face training. New online training opportunities are currently under development. Please stay tuned for upcoming offerings.

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January 1 - December 31

$1,001 - $10,000

January 1 - December 31

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