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Blandin Foundation is all about Minnesotans imagining, leading, and growing healthy, inclusive – vibrant – communities.

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Blandin Foundation Scholarship applications available

January 20, 2022

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – Applications for Blandin Foundation’s scholarships are available and being accepted until May 1. The scholarships provide Itasca area students $1,000 to $5,000 per student for the 2022-2023 school year. Students may reapply each year, until they are age 25 or have earned up to a bachelor’s degree. The scholarship program is…

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ElderCircle’s Assisted Transportation: Making Health Care Accessible for Rural Older Adults

November 4, 2021

It’s hard to get around in rural places without a car. It’s even harder when you’re older. There are some things you just can’t miss or put off, though, if you don’t have a ride. Dialysis, radiation, and surgery to name a few. “Health care is pretty important at our age,” joked Jan Erickson, a…


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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Upcoming Grant Deadlines

$10,001 - $50,000

January 1 - December 31

$1,001 - $10,000

January 1 - December 31

Blandin Leadership Program Grants

January 1 - December 31

Broadband Grants

January 1 - December 31

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