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Blandin Foundation is all about Minnesotans imagining, leading, and growing resourceful, resilient communities.

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Recent Blandin Foundation Grants Support Community Work in Small Towns and Townships

December 17, 2021

Grand Rapids, MINN. – Blandin Foundation Board of Trustees approved $3.6 million in grants at its December meeting, including a suite of projects that support community-identified priorities in small communities and townships across Itasca County. Eighteen projects in communities from S-Lake to Keewatin, Bigfork to Blackberry Township received funding totaling $1.72 million to support projects…

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June 7, 2022

As summer vacation gets in full swing, it’s the perfect time to celebrate our area students – especially the seniors graduating from high school. Enjoy this collection of pics and videos of the capable young people who add energy and excitement to our communities all year long. Seniors – we celebrate this important milestone with…


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$10,001 - $50,000

January 1 - December 31

$1,001 - $10,000

January 1 - December 31

Blandin Leadership Program Grants

January 1 - December 31

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January 1 - December 31

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