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Once you have checked for fit, begin the application process here.

Please note: all funding for 2022 has been allocated. However, you are still welcome to complete an inquiry form, to alert our grants staff to future needs for funding.

Unsolicited grant applications are not accepted. Inquiries submitted in December will be reviewed in January 2023.

Reach out to the grants team at 218-326-0523 or grants@blandinfoundation.org with questions.

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Over $150,000

Applications Due: March 15, June 15, September 15, December 15

A minimum of 60 percent of grant funds are awarded to the Foundation’s home communities in the Grand Rapids/Itasca County, Minn., area, including the communities of Blackduck, Hill City, Northome, and Remer.

Outside of the Foundation’s home giving area, grants are focused on fewer, high-impact awards to projects with the potential to establish models that can be emulated by other communities. Preference will be given to communities that have participated in a Blandin Foundation community leadership program.

Eligibility and our areas of focus guidelines apply. Response in 90 days or more.

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$10,001 - $150,000

Applications Due: No Deadline

These grants provide a more nimble response to project-based initiatives by simplifying the application and reporting process. Larger grants in this category may be recommended for trustee review.

Proposed projects must fit within the same guidelines as Blandin Foundation trustee-reviewed grants. Response in approximately 30 days.

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$1,001 - $10,000

Applications Due: No Deadline

These grants provide a more nimble response to project-based initiatives by simplifying the application and reporting process.

Proposed projects must fit within the same guidelines as Blandin Foundation major grants. Response in approximately 30 days.

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Itasca County Area Community Donations

Applications Due: No Deadline

Amount Awarded: $100 to $1,000

Donations are available to qualified nonprofits in our home communities with a 501(c)3 status for projects that meet an emerging need. Limited to one per organization per calendar year. Response in one to two weeks.

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Itasca Area Scholarships

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

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 Rural Grantmaking

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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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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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