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Over $50,000

Grants for large-scale projects with long timelines that address systemic community change. 60 percent or more of our annual grantmaking is made in the Itasca area, our home giving area. Grants for work in other parts of rural Minnesota focus on high-impact projects that other rural communities can learn from and emulate. 2021 application deadlines …

Arrowhead Intelligent Region Initiative Summit

Please join economic and community development peers from across the Arrowhead to help shape the next step in the Arrowhead Intelligent Region initiative, a partnership of Blandin Foundation and Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation. The Arrowhead Intelligent Region (AIR) initiative brings to regional scale the Intelligent Community framework used to date by ten Iron Range …

$10,001 – $50,000

Smaller grants geared to project-based initiatives, with a simpler application and reporting process. Applications accepted throughout the year. We respond within 30 days. Projects must fit our eligibility and grant guidelines. Download application below and email to LuAnn Robinson.

$1,001 – $10,000

A simpler application and reporting process for project-based initiatives with smaller scope or shorter timelines. Projects must fit our eligibility and grant guidelines. Start a new online application The online application guide offers helpful hints for completing the application. If you need a paper application, download it below. Email to LuAnn Robinson when you have it …

Blandin Leadership Program Grants

Previously called Rural Quick Start grants, these grants of up to $5,000 are available to alumni of our leadership programs (BCLP, BRCLP, LPEP, LEDC and ACE). Applications are reviewed throughout the year. We respond in about 30 days. First: review the Leadership Program Grant Guidelines Then: Complete the online application form

Itasca Area Donations ($100 – $1,000)

Funds for nonprofit organizations in our home giving area. One per organization per year. We respond in 1 to 2 weeks. Start a new online application. The online application guide offers helpful hints for completing the application. If you need a paper application, download it below. Email to LuAnn Robinson when you have it completed.

Broadband Grants

Grants and technical assistance support so your community’s leaders can take broadband efforts to the next level. Learn more.

Annual Broadband Conference

We invite you to join us this fall for a next generation broadband-enabled, broadband-focused conference. Interesting times require innovative solutions!  The world is in flux and broadband seems to be at the center of it. The COVID-19 pandemic and guidelines on social distancing are creating the need and opportunity to learn how to do things …

BCLP Battle Lake, Henning, and Ottertail Area

Retreat Dates:  March 9-13, 2020 (to be held at Sugar Lake Lodge – Grand Rapids, MN) Workshop I Date: May 12, 2020 Workshop II Date: July 7, 2020 Workshop III Date: August 25, 2020 *workshops to be held in the Battle Lake, Henning, and Ottertail Area Retreat Pre Work: Blandin Community Leadership Programs Forms Complete the …

BCLP Hutchinson Area

Retreat Dates: February 24-28, 2020 (to be held at Sugar Lake Lodge – Grand Rapids, MN) Workshop I Date: April 21, 2020 Workshop II Date: June 23, 2020 Workshop III Date: August 18, 2020 *workshops to be held in the Hutchinson Area Retreat Pre Work: Blandin Community Leadership Programs Forms Complete the Background Information Inventory form by following the personal link …

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