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No New Grant Inquiries Accepted

Inquiry Portal Closed January 24 – April 1, 2023 The Blandin Foundation has increased our grant-making by 40 percent in the last decade. In response to this growth, grantee feedback, and to improve service to our funding partners, we are redesigning our grants process. Our inquiry portal will be closed from January 24- April 1, …


Over $150,000

Grants for large-scale projects with long timelines that address systemic community change. 60 percent or more of our annual grantmaking is made in the Itasca area, our home giving area. Grants for work in other parts of rural Minnesota focus on high-impact projects that other rural communities can learn from and emulate. 2022 application deadlines …


$10,001 – $150,000

Smaller grants geared to project-based initiatives, with a simpler application and reporting process. Applications accepted throughout the year. We respond within 30 days. Projects must fit our eligibility and grant guidelines. Download application below and email to LuAnn Robinson.


$1,001 – $10,000

A simpler application and reporting process for project-based initiatives with smaller scope or shorter timelines. Projects must fit our eligibility and grant guidelines. A paper application can be downloaded below. Email to LuAnn Robinson when you have it completed.


Itasca Area Donations ($100 – $1,000)

Funds for nonprofit organizations in our home giving area. One per organization per year. We respond in 1 to 2 weeks. Download a paper application below. Email to LuAnn Robinson when you have it completed.


Building on Broadband: Inspiring Progress

This year, we’ve all lived through a shared, but unique, experience. What was yours like? How did broadband help or hinder – or motivate – you, or your community? We know rural Minnesotans keenly felt how important a strong, reliable broadband connection is. When kids can’t go to school, adults can’t work, and families can’t access …


BRCLP Alumni: Leadership in Action Online Training – Mille Lacs Area

Join us for a new online training opportunity for Blandin Reservation Community Leadership Program Alumni from the Mille Lacs Area! BRCLP: Leadership in Action will provide you with an opportunity to engage with fellow alumni, review leadership skills from your retreat training and practice moving a vision into action.   The training will consist of three, …


AIR Project Development Meeting Proceedings

Nearly 40 stakeholders from across the region gathered (via Zoom) to discuss sixteen potential Arrowhead Intelligent Region project grant ideas and explore strategies for implementation. See below for the potential project list. Project ideas not presented at the March 12 Project Development meeting will still be eligible for funding consideration. If you are looking for …


AIR Summit Proceedings

On February 10, over 100 economic and community development peers from across the Arrowhead met online for the first step in helping shape the next step in the Arrowhead Intelligent Region initiative, a partnership of Blandin Foundation and Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation. The Arrowhead Intelligent Region (AIR) initiative brings to regional scale the Intelligent …

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