Blandin Foundation partners with community-focused organizations throughout rural Minnesota, especially in the Grand Rapids area, to build healthy rural communities. In addition to addressing public policy issues, providing scholarships, conducting leadership development programs and providing technical assistance, the Foundation supports these partnerships through grants of money generated by the trust of Charles K. Blandin.
The Foundation awards several grants, depending on size of request and geographic impact. Eligibility and Areas of Focus guidelines also apply.
1. Major Grants
Blandin Foundation Major Grants are defined by and require the following:
2. Quick Response Grants
Blandin Foundation Quick Response Grants are defined by and require the following:
3. BCLP Quick Start Grants
Blandin Community Leadership Program (BCLP) Quick Start Grants are defined by and require the following:
4. Broadband Community Project Grants
Broadband Community Project Grants are defined by and require the following:
5. Itasca County Area Community Donations
Blandin Foundation's Itasca County Area Community Donations are defined by and require the following points:
5. Education Grants Program
Blandin Foundation gives grants from $1,000 to $4,000 each year to students (homeschooled, too) of high schools in the Itasca County area, even if you're not in the top of your class. You can apply if you are under age 25 and plan to go to community college, certificate programs, colleges or universities anywhere in the United States. Deadline to apply is always May 1.
To be eligible for Blandin Foundation grants, organizations must be located in rural Minnesota, be a 501(c)3 organization or unit of government, and propose projects that align with the Foundation's mission and focus areas of:
Focus Area 1: Expand Opportunity
An evolving area of work, Blandin Foundation seeks to blend educational attainment, economic opportunity and broader inclusion in rural Minnesota communities, so all residents have greater opportunities to prosper. Emphasis is on work that moves beyond traditional approaches and that increases impact through a synergistic approach.
Focus Area 2: Itasca County Area Vitality
The Foundation carries on the legacy and commitments of businessman and Blandin Foundation founder Charles K. Blandin to his adopted hometown of Grand Rapids, Minn., and surrounding communities. These are grants availably only for cultural and social services activities that directly benefit the communities of Itasca County and the neighboring communities of Blackduck, Northome, Hill City and Remer, Minn.
Focus Area 3: Rural Community Leadership
Blandin Foundation has had a quarter-century commitment to developing and sustaining the capacity of rural residents to build healthy communities. Its primary investment in this focus area has been, and will continue to be, through its Blandin Community Leadership programs. In addition, a small number of grants will be made to support leadership development efforts that complement those of the Foundation
For more information visit http://blandinfoundation.org/what-we-do/award-grants
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