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 | February 13-17
1)Willmar: Community optimism is soaring in Willmar as the town continues to see development, expansion and new construction. Full story at West Central TribuneÂ 2) Redwood, Renville counties: Leaders from the Minnesota River Valley corridor gathered to develop a master plan to expand recreational opportunities in the area. Full story at West Central Tribune 3) [â€¦]
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â€śFor generations in the Redwood area, two very distinct world views have existed in the people who call it home.â€ť â€” Troy Krause, Redwood Falls Gazette Last month, residents of the Lower Sioux and Redwood area communities came together to talk, listen and plan for a brighter future â€” one where collaboration and mutual respect [â€¦]
Top 3 Vibrant Communities | November 14 â€“ 18
1. Hill City:Â for tapping local farmers to provide fresh food for school lunches. Full story at Aitkin Independent AgeÂ 2. Rushford:Â for creating a community Thanksgiving tradition, for those who may not otherwise celebrate, by providing good food and company. Full story at Tri-County Record 3. Chatfield:Â for city leadersâ€™ collaborative efforts to restore a treasured fishing [â€¦]