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2022 Broadband Conference

Save the Date! It’s time to celebrate! We’re excited to be back together, in-person with you for our 2022 conference, Better with Broadband: Reflect. Recharge. Inspire. With robust public investments in both broadband access and use, the path forward for digitally connected and thriving rural Minnesota communities has never been clearer. Unprecedented resources are coming …

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Over $150,000

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. 2022 application deadlines …

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$10,001 – $150,000

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.

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$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. A paper application can be downloaded below. Email to LuAnn Robinson when you have it completed.

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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

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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. Download a paper application below. Email to LuAnn Robinson when you have it completed.

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Building on Broadband: Inspiring Progress

This year, we’ve all lived through a shared, but unique, experience. What was yours like? How did broadband help or hinder – or motivate – you, or your community? We know rural Minnesotans keenly felt how important a strong, reliable broadband connection is. When kids can’t go to school, adults can’t work, and families can’t access …

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BRCLP Alumni: Leadership in Action Online Training – Mille Lacs Area

Join us for a new online training opportunity for Blandin Reservation Community Leadership Program Alumni from the Mille Lacs Area! BRCLP: Leadership in Action will provide you with an opportunity to engage with fellow alumni, review leadership skills from your retreat training and practice moving a vision into action.   The training will consist of three, …

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AIR Project Development Meeting Proceedings

Nearly 40 stakeholders from across the region gathered (via Zoom) to discuss sixteen potential Arrowhead Intelligent Region project grant ideas and explore strategies for implementation. See below for the potential project list. Project ideas not presented at the March 12 Project Development meeting will still be eligible for funding consideration. If you are looking for …

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AIR Summit Proceedings

On February 10, over 100 economic and community development peers from across the Arrowhead met online for the first step in helping 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 …

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