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.
Top 3 Vibrant Communities | April 25 â€“ 29
1) Bigfork: A vibrant community is one in which all people have opportunities to improve the quality of their lives. In Bigfork, Minnesota, one program is going the distance to ensure those who have trouble living on their own due to physical or mental disability still have the ability to participate in community life. Members of the Bigfork […]
Top 3 Vibrant Communities | April 18 â€“ 22
1) Red Lake: Sometimes the best way to pass down cultural learning is not through books, lectures or conversation. Sometimes a little action is needed. That’s the case for students at St. Mary’s Mission School in Red Lake who are practicing sprinting, passing, catching as they learn traditional Native American games like lacrosse, longball and shinny. In […]
Top 3 Vibrant Communities | April 11 â€“ 15
1) Pequot Lakes: A new app will put meaningful job opportunities at the fingertips of Pequot Lakes High School students. Bridges Workplace Connection, a nonprofit that links K-12, employers and local communities to prepare the next generation of students for the demands of regional employers, recently released the Jobs Train app, filled with job opportunities tailored to […]