Vibrant. Rural. Community.

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

Living Vibrant

Where do you imagine your community tomorrow? At Blandin Foundation, we see a world of possibilities within your answers. Discover how vibrant rural Minnesota is.

Itasca Area

Your partner in building healthy rural communities in the place we call home. Meeting spaces, grants, and more.


We meet communities where they’re at with: Leadership training, Broadband information and support Grants.

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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Spot Us

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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Current and Upcoming Leadership Training

LPEP - Luverne

LPEP October 26 - May 10 Grand Prairie Events

Chisago Lakes Area

BCLP February 26 - March 2

Winona Area

BCLP March 12 - 16

Lac qui Parle Area

BCLP April 9 - 13

Alexandria Area

BCLP April 23 - 27

BRCLP Bois Forte, Fond du Lac, Grand Portage

BRCLP May 7 - 11

Learn About Leadership

Upcoming Grant Deadlines

Education Grants ($1,000 - $4,500)

October 1 - March 1

$10,001 - $50,000

January 1 - December 31

$1,001 - $10,000

January 1 - December 31

Itasca Area Donations ($100 - $1,000)

January 1 - December 31

Over $50,000

March 15

Learn About Grants