Vibrant. Rural. Community.

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

Living Vibrant

Where do you image 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.

Opportunities

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

Two Harbors Area

BCLP September 18 - 22

LEDC - Long Prairie

LEDC September 26 - November 14 Thunder Lodge

Lake City Area

BCLP October 9 - 13

LPEP - Luverne

LPEP October 26 - May 10 Grand Prairie Events

BRCLP - Mille Lacs, Lower Sioux, Upper Sioux, Prairie Island, Shakopee

BRCLP October 30 - November 3

Benson KMS Area

BCLP January 29 - February 2

East Range Area

BCLP February 12 - 16

Winona Area

BCLP March 12 - 16

Learn About Leadership

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

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

January 1 - December 31

Over $50,000

September 15

Learn About Grants