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Blandin Foundation funds rural Minnesota leaders thinking and acting courageously with partners on a vision that their community stands behind.

Blandin Foundation supports Minnesota organizations that know and serve rural communities. If your organization stands with inclusive, vibrant rural Minnesota communities and would like to explore a Blandin Foundation grant, let’s talk!

Start by visiting the About Grants page for details on eligibility and how to submit an inquiry if your project aligns with the Foundation’s focus areas.

Looking for the types of work we fund? Visit our Grant Lists page.

If you are an Itasca area student age 25 or younger, you might be interested in our Scholarships program.


Upcoming Grant Deadlines

$10,001 - $150,000

January 1 - December 31

$1,001 - $10,000

January 1 - December 31

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About Grants

Check your project's fit with our eligibility guidelines and grant outcomes. All prospective projects must submit an inquiry form.
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Once you have checked for fit, begin the application process here.
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Report Forms

Current grantees – download and complete reports as outlined in your grant agreement.
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Grants At Work

The vision, hope and hard work of community leaders make rural Minnesota communities vibrant.
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Grant Lists

Lists of local and rural Minnesota (beyond local giving area) grantees.

Grants News

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Subscribe to our periodic newsletter for updates and opportunities about vibrant rural Minnesota.

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Contact Us

Your feedback strengthens our grantmaking. Contact us to share your thoughts. You may also subscribe to our mailing list, or contact the following Grants team members.

Sonja Merrild

Sonja Merrild

Director of Grants

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Direct: 218-327-8746

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Linda Gibeau

Grants Program Officer – Small Communities

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Direct: 218-326-0523

Kyle Erickson

Kyle Erickson

Grants Program Officer – Community Wealth Building

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Google map of Blandin Foundation grantees across Minnesota

Spot Us

Wondering what we have funded in the past? This interactive map gives you a clear picture of grants paid. Click on the map pins for specific grants, or create your own search.

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