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Blandin Foundation funds rural Minnesota leaders thinking and acting courageously with partners on a vision that their community stands behind.

Blandin Foundation supports Minnesota organizations that know and serve rural communities. If your organization stands with inclusive, vibrant rural Minnesota communities and would like to explore a Blandin Foundation grant, 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.

Looking for the types of work we fund? Visit our Grant Lists page.

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

Blandin Leadership Program Grants

January 1 - December 31

Broadband Grants

January 1 - December 31

Over $50,000

December 15

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About Grants

Check your project's fit with our eligibility guidelines and areas of focus. Steps in our application process are at the bottom of the page.
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Once you have checked for fit, begin the application process here.
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Report Forms

Current grantees – download and complete reports as outlined in your grant agreement.
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Grants At Work

The vision, hope and hard work of community leaders make rural Minnesota communities vibrant.

Grants News

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Contact Us

Your feedback strengthens our grantmaking. Contact us to share your thoughts. You may also subscribe to our mailing list, or contact the following Grants team members.


Sonja Merrild

Director of Grants

Send an Email

Direct: 218-327-8746

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Linda Gibeau

Program Officer - Grants Management

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Direct: 218-327-8702

LuAnn Robinson

LuAnn Robinson

Grants Program Assistant

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Direct: 218-327-8724

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Spot Us

Wondering what we have funded in the past? This interactive map gives you a clear picture of grants paid. Click on the map pins for specific grants, or create your own search.

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