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 | April 17 â€“ 21
1. Lowry:Â Zach Johnson, a young farmer from Lowry, Minnesota, started the MN Millennial Farmer YouTube channel to â€śset straight some misconceptions about farming for people who werenâ€™t familiar with agriculture.â€ť One year later, he probably couldnâ€™t have forecast that his YouTube channel would connect him to two brothers who farm near Sao Paulo, Brazil. Earlier [â€¦]
Top 3 Vibrant Communities | April 10 â€“ 14
1)Â Chatfield:Â Library patrons in Chatfield stepped up in a big way when presented with a food challenge per week to secure enough for resources for the local backpack food program. Collecting 417 pounds of food and $545 in monetary donations, local leaders are calling the effort a success! â€śI think the challenges made people stop and [â€¦]
Top 3 Vibrant Communities | April 3 â€“ 7
Lake Park/Audubon: Competing against schools double, triple and even ten times their size, Lake Park-Audubon High School whooped a cry of victory last week as they won Best Newscast during the 2017 Upper Midwest Regional Student Emmy Awards. Healthy local journalism is key to a vibrant community. Congratulations to these students for their quality work [â€¦]