Blandin Foundation awards $3.4 million in grants to support rural leaders
March 27, 2014 by Blandin Foundation
Through our work, we want to inspire rural communities to claim their futures by reaching out into the world of possibilities and grabbing the solution to their community challenge. Last week, Blandin Foundation trustees approved 93 grants, totaling $3.4 million, to leaders who are doing just that kind of work.
Some examples of the work we are supporting through recent grants:
- Blandin Foundation trustees awarded a $1.5 million grant in support of the Grand Rapids-based Reif Arts Council’s renovation and expansion of the Reif Performing Arts Center. See Reif Arts Council grants history.
- A grant to Owatonna-based Centro Campesino of $100,000 also supports blended work in economic vitality, inclusion and education. See Centro Campesino grants history.
- Broadband grants will continue, with the decision by trustees to extend the Blandin Community Broadband Program through 2016.
“With our sights set always on strengthening rural Minnesota communities, we see great possibility in the blend of economic vitality, active inclusion and educational achievement,” said Dr. Kathleen Annette, Blandin Foundation president and CEO. “Choices made by our trustees at this meeting are excellent reflections of this blend.”
To view the full grants list, click here.
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