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 Three Vibrant Communities | June 27 â€“ July 1
1.) Comfrey, Gaylord, Sanborn: The concept of “Pay it Forward” is one many are familiar with. Wikipedia defines it as “an expression for describing the beneficiary of a good deed repaying it to others instead of to the original benefactor.” So when Fred Pitzner left $200,000 in his will for the Gaylord EMS crew—the ripples of […]
Top Three Vibrant Communities | June 13 â€“ 17
1.) Kenyon: When it comes to small town vibrancy sometimes it’s the little things. Kenyon is a Southeastern Minnesota city with a total area of 2.3 square miles and 1800 residents. One of the most rewarding aspects about living small town rural is the tight-knit sense of togetherness that people have for one another. Nobody exemplifies this spirit more […]
Top Three Vibrant Communities | June 6 â€“ 10
1.) Staples: Telemedicine has growing possibilities as the expansion of broadband continues. This is especially true for rural areas and people who may have to travel many miles for certain medical attention. That’s why Lakewood Health System in Staples is hoping to continue their efforts funding telemedicine. Of course, this move requires high speed internet to […]