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.
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