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.
If this sounds like your organization or project, let's talk! Start by visiting the "About" tab 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.
Top 3 Vibrant Communities | February 1 â€“ 5
1) Crosby: Over the next three years, a third of Crosby-Ironton School District teachers are set to retire. During a time of low interest by new teachers in rural districts, school leadership knew they couldn’t sit idle. Instead, the district is meeting young teachers where they’re at through a new recruitment campaign. Personal outreach, a promotional video and brochure […]
Top 3 Vibrant Communities | January 25 â€“ 29
1) Cherry: Even rugged northern Minnesotans might not have the necessary skills and knowledge to survive natural disasters like an avalanche or tornado. That’s something a class of ninth graders from Cherry School wants to change. Working on real-world issues, student teams are using technology, science, engineering and math to create new solutions to age-old problems — solutions […]
Top 3 Vibrant Communities | January 18 â€“ 22
1) Virginia: Members of the Virginia boy’s high school hockey team are taking time out of practicing power plays to try their hand at power ballads. In support of the No More Campaign, an effort to stop domestic violence, the team will make several lip syncing videos to call more attention to domestic violence across the country. Videos […]