Blandin Foundation has worked with 69 communities across rural Minnesota since 2003 as they invest in high-speed Internet access and use. From Baudette to Jackson, these joint initiatives have generated greater economic resilience and have bridged digital divides. The Foundation now is accepting applications for one of its broadband-related initiatives, its 2015-2016 Blandin Broadband Community program.
Blandin Broadband Communities enter into an intensive two-year partnership with the Foundation and have access to a series of Foundation resources, including planning and facilitation support, a fund for community broadband-related projects, training and technical support, and more. Up to 10 additional communities will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis pending verification of community support and implementation capacity. Blandin Broadband Community applications for 2015-2016 are open until October 17, 2014.
“We have the great privilege of standing with Minnesota’s rural leaders as they imagine possibilities for their communities,” said Dr. Kathleen Annette, CEO of Blandin Foundation. “Access and use of high-speed Internet are absolutely core for the vibrant economies and quality of life these leaders seek for their communities. We have seen amazing work among Blandin Broadband Communities, and we look forward to what is yet to come.”
Blandin Foundation works for vibrant rural Minnesota communities by investing in community leaders and working with partners to expand opportunity for all residents. Located in Grand Rapids, Minn., it is one of only a handful of foundations in the U.S. focused exclusively on rural communities and the largest rural-based private foundation in Minnesota.
Applications and information regarding Blandin Foundation programs are available online at www.blandinfoundation.org or toll-free at 877-882-2257.