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Blandin Foundation trustees award $4.1 million in grants 

Grand Rapids, MN (July 2, 2021) — Blandin Foundation trustees approved $4.1 million in grants at their June meeting, including several to strengthen Itasca area communities as they begin to build forward from crisis-level action during the COVID-19 pandemic, toward stronger, regenerative futures.  Two-year grants to 26 nonprofits to fund general operations are part of the Foundation’s longstanding commitment to work that helps Itasca area residents meet their basic needs. Second Harvest North Central Food Bank, …

Clip: Nurturing rural women’s leadership

“When we think of revitalizing small communities with dwindling and aging populations, it will rely on having more women in leadership … who can represent the changing needs of their communities,” said Kate Stower, a graduate student at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Her innovative internship helps create space for more rural MN women …

Arrowhead Regional Leaders Collaborate on Broadband Projects

Grand Rapids, MINN – In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, local leaders throughout Minnesota’s Arrowhead Region (Aitkin, Cook, Carlton, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake and St. Louis Counties) came together to assess their communities’ strengths and challenges in building and sustaining broadband-powered economies. Based on what they learned, seven projects emerged and will be supported through …

Grants at work: rural places tap the arts to re-energize community solution-building

Communities across Minnesota, and the nation, are turning to Springboard for the Arts to weave the power art, and the expertise of artists, into community planning and decision-making. Arts engage people differently, and can create space for experiences and ideas that fit community needs. Daily Yonder profiles Springboard’s work and ways arts are being used …

Grants at work: pop-up libraries and digital literacy labs

Libraries Without Borders US is gearing up for a new approach to bridging the digital divide: take technologies to the people of rural Minnesota. They’ve leveraged Blandin Foundation and other funds to create mobile, traveling libraries and labs so people in Nobles and Itasca counties can learn about high-speed internet equipment, and the kinds information …

Itasca area economy and youth prioritized in recent Blandin Foundation grants

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. — Blandin Foundation has awarded $10.6 million in local grants over the past 15 months, including $1.9 million awarded this month. “Cascading dilemmas over the past year have illuminated the ingenuity, commitment, creativity, resourcefulness and drive that defines the beauty and uniqueness of rural places and people,” said Tuleah Palmer, president and …

Blandin Foundation Education Grant deadline is April 16

The Education Grants application deadline has been extended to April 16. Itasca area students ages 18-25 are eligible. Details and links to application forms are on our Education Grants page. Learn how Riley Jensen’s grant propelled him to a high-stakes career.  

Blandin Foundation Education Grant deadline is March 1

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – Applications for Blandin Foundation’s education grants are available and being accepted until March 1. The grants provide $1,000 to $5,000 per student for the 2021-2022 school year. Students may reapply each year, until they are age 25 or have earned up to a bachelor’s degree. Grants are available to local students …

Year-end grant lists

Looking for our grantmaking from the past year? Check out a couple new resources on our Grant Lists page: Itasca Area Grants 2020 – all grants made in the Itasca area, including COVID-19 grants. Plus great stories about local leaders who stepped up to answer the community’s call during COVID. Full 2020 Grants List – …

Clip: Minneapolis Fed on COVID economic recovery

The Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank blogpost breaks down the short-term and long-term effects of COVID on the Minnesota and Upper Midwest economies. Read the post, including perspective from Blandin Foundation CEO Tuleah Palmer on how COVID has added to child-care challenges for low-wage workers. For more on how Blandin Foundation is responding to community needs …

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