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 | November 14 ‚Äď 18
1. Hill City:¬†for tapping local farmers to provide fresh food for school lunches. Full story at Aitkin Independent Age¬† 2. Rushford:¬†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:¬†for city leaders‚Äô collaborative efforts to restore a treasured fishing [‚Ä¶]
Top 3 Vibrant Communities | November 7 ‚Äď 11
1. Grand Rapids:¬†for student coordination of a TEDx event that celebrated ways youth can and should be the leaders of today. ‚ÄúThe theme of the day was ‚ÄėToday I Am‚Ä¶‚Äô with the idea that students are always told to worry about the future and that they will be the ‚Äėleaders of tomorrow,‚Äô said Dale Christy. [‚Ä¶]
Top 3 Vibrant Communities | October 31 ‚Äď November 4
1. Willmar:¬†for a local coffeehouse‚Äôs use of a simple ‚ÄúI Love Willmar‚ÄĚ pin¬†to close community divides this political season. Available in English, Spanish, Somali and Karen, the pins have become a welcoming sign for all residents in the city. ‚ÄúWe want to bring unity and love for Willmar,‚ÄĚ Vicki Davis, co-owner of The Goodness coffeehouse, [‚Ä¶]