Since Mr. Blandin's first grant of $600 for a community park in 1943, the Blandin Foundation has approved 8,000 grants totaling $365 million.

Blandin Foundation partners with community-focused organizations throughout rural Minnesota, especially in the Grand Rapids area, to foster resilient, vibrant rural communities. In addition to addressing public policy issues, providing scholarships, training community leaders and engaging communities around issues and opportunities, the Foundation supports these partnerships through grants of money generated by the trust of Charles K. Blandin.

We look for work that adapts systems, addresses barriers, supports new and emerging leaders, and builds models that other communities can emulate.

If this sounds like your organization or project, let’s talk! Start by visiting the “About Grants” page for details on what’s eligible, Foundation focus areas, and tips for our application process.

Thank you for everything you do to build a vibrant rural Minnesota! We look forward to learning more about your work.

If you are an Itasca area student age 25 or younger, you might be interested in our Education Grants program.

Upcoming Grant Deadlines

$10,001 - $50,000

January 1 - December 31

$1,001 - $10,000

January 1 - December 31

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

January 1 - December 31

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