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.
If you are an Itasca area student age 25 or younger, you might be interested in our Education Grants program.
Top 3 Vibrant Communities | October 10 â€“ 14
1. Grand Rapids: for bringing teachers, forestry and mental health professionals together to explore how the relationship with nature can improve mental health in the community. “Studies show that nature puts up back in balance, motivates us and creates physical happiness,” said Paula Frings, Owner and CEO of Maven Perspectives, LLC. “This session will put a new spin on […]
Top 3 Vibrant Communities | October 3 â€“ 7
1)Willmar: for the community’s swift support to build a playground designed by kids, for kids. “It is such a testament to the community,” said Sara Carlson, director of the Willmar Area Community Foundation. “It is a very caring and compassionate place and we want to see a vibrant community.” Full story at the West Central […]
Top 3 Vibrant Communities | September 19 â€“ 23
1) Goodview: for their community-driven efforts to increase economic vitality by expanding and attracting new businesses. Read the full story here. 2) Red Lake Nation: for holding their first Intertribal Food Summit “which tribal leaders hope will spur the momentum of a movement among their people — a growing interest in returning to the food their ancestors grew, […]