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Vibrant. Rural. Community.

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

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We meet communities where they’re at.

Itasca Area

Your partner in building healthy rural communities in the place we call home.

Living Vibrant

Where do you imagine your community tomorrow?

What are the possibilities?

You have resources. We have resources. Put them together, and you have a powerful approach your community can use to design and claim its future.

We Have Resources

Our programs train community leaders, support communities as they include and create opportunities for all people, and support work at home in the Itasca Area.

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You Have Resources

Information to support you in building your community. Whether you need research to prove a need, information on evaluation, or want to learn more about topics rural Minnesota cares about – you’ll find it here.

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Blandin Foundation stands with communities as they design and claim their futures. That’s thousands of partnerships in hundreds of communities over more than 75 years.

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Krissalyn Mikinaak park

Watch: Youth share their enthusiasm for new accessible park in Ball Club

October 30, 2020

Construction of the new Mikinaak Park in Ball Club wrapped up earlier this fall. The 3-year project, sparked by young people's vision for a park accessible for people of all abilities, brought the community together and transformed community space into a gathering place welcoming for all. Its name means "turtle" in Ojibwe, one of many…

GroundWork Blog

Don’t Come A-Knockin’: Worthington leader switches census strategy to reach communities of color amid COVID 19

August 25, 2020

Communities are rich with resources. Leaders who put in the work to know their community strengths, create networks of passionate leaders and identify priorities will be better prepared to act during times of uncertainty.  As COVID 19 rattled our daily routines, causing many communities to scramble for solutions, leaders across the state who had laid…


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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