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.
Since Mr. Blandin's first grant of $600 for a community park in 1943, the Blandin Foundation has approved 8,000 grants totalling $365 million.
We look for work that adapts systems, addresses barriers, supports new and emerging leaders, and builds models that other communities can emulate.
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Thank you for everything you do to build a vibrant rural Minnesota! We look forward to learning more about your work.
Top 3 Vibrant Communities | October 26-30
1) Crow Wing County: Today, sing the song of an unsung hero. That’s what Crow Wing County Administrator Timothy Houle did on Rural Reality MN radio this week when talking about public workers’ response to the destructive storms that torn through Brainerd earlier this summer. In the interview, he said (paraphrasing): I hope that today […]
Fond du Lac Ojibwe School brings culture, education to life through broadband access
Picture this: You are standing at the front of a classroom, laser pointer in hand, ready to launch into a stimulating discussion. You click the link on your laptop to cue the thought-provoking video that is going to get students’ minds turning when…nothing happens. You wait. Wait some more. Sigh, then give up and go […]
Top 3 Vibrant Communities | October 5 â€“ 9
1. Bemidji: Now not only “the first city on the Mississippi,” but also, unofficially dubbed, “the emerging start-up city of Minnesota,” Bemidji has reason to celebrate — four reasons to be exact. From the Bemidji Pioneer, “A recent ranking of America’s fastest-growing companies included four from Bemidji.” The north-central Minnesota community has created an entrepreneurial […]