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Blandin Foundation is seeking two full-time positions: Information Systems & Technology (IST) Application Support Specialist, and Director of Rural Grantmaking.

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December 2023 Grants List

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Blandin Foundation CFO Daniel Lemm named to St. Paul and Minnesota Foundation Board

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2024-25 Scholarship Applications Are Now Open!

Blandin Foundation Scholarships – $1,000 to $6,000 per student each year – are for every student of high schools in the Itasca County area and Hill City, Remer, Blackduck, Northome and Bug O Nay Ge Shig schools. Apply Today!

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Blandin Foundation CEO Included in 2024 TCB 100

Twin Cities Business released their annual shortlist of influencers, thought leaders and key players likely to be making news or driving change in the year ahead. Tuleah Palmer was included among CEOs, founders, government officials and innovators from across the state.

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The urgent need for affordable housing in rural communities

MPR’s Rural Voice series hosted a town hall discussion in Two Harbors about how to creatively solve the affordable housing bottleneck for rural communities.

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Blandin Foundation's CEO Tuleah Palmer on the Mainstreet Minnesota Podcast

Tuleah joins host Blois Olson along with Roy Smith (IRRB, MN North) and Steve Loney (Kiesler Wellness Center) to discuss mental health, housing and energy costs.

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A New Strategic Direction

Aligning our resources toward a sustainable, equitable future for rural Minnesota.

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Greater MN Housing Fund tackles NE Minnesota housing crisis with 400+ housing units and Blandin Foundation support

September 22, 2023

$1 million grant to build regional capacity for more affordable housing signals the Foundation’s focus on housing as key infrastructure for local communities Key points: The $1 million grant will help Greater Minnesota Housing Fund launch a 3-year, 400-plus unit rural housing project in the Grand Rapids and Leech Lake areas The project will focus…

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Taking a bite out of food insecurity

March 10, 2023

On a cold January night, bidding was hot at the Second Harvest Chef’s Gala. More than 300 Itasca area people – groups of families, friends and co-workers – pooled their money and gathered together for a fun-filled evening of bidding to have their meal cooked and served by local celebrity chefs and servers. At the…

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