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Blandin Foundation is all about Minnesotans imagining, leading, and growing healthy, inclusive – vibrant – communities.

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Community voices sharing reflections and hopes for the New Year.


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We’re taking applications now – May 1. That’s $1,000 – $5,000 for any school after high school, for students up to age 25. Get the details here!

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Clip: Spurring relocation in NE MN

January 26, 2022

Telework has spiked during the pandemic. As more people move their work life online, where they live becomes even more a matter of choice. This Business North article spotlights initiatives across northeastern Minnesota to lift up the region's great quality of life, and shore up key infrastructure like high-speed internet, to draw more residents to…

GroundWork Blog

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ElderCircle’s Assisted Transportation: Making Health Care Accessible for Rural Older Adults

November 4, 2021

It’s hard to get around in rural places without a car. It’s even harder when you’re older. There are some things you just can’t miss or put off, though, if you don’t have a ride. Dialysis, radiation, and surgery to name a few. “Health care is pretty important at our age,” joked Jan Erickson, a…


Current and Upcoming Leadership Training

Due to COVID restrictions we have temporarily suspended our face-to-face training. New online training opportunities are currently under development. Please stay tuned for upcoming offerings.

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Upcoming Grant Deadlines

$10,001 - $50,000

January 1 - December 31

$1,001 - $10,000

January 1 - December 31

Blandin Leadership Program Grants

January 1 - December 31

Broadband Grants

January 1 - December 31

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