The Blandin Foundation in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, has announced grants totaling nearly $3.3 million in support of forty-eight initiatives across the state.
The third-quarter grants include more than $2.4 million in support of twenty-six organizations and projects in the Itasca area, including $1.925 million to the Itasca Area Schools Collaborative in support of its Invest Early program. In addition, the Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency will receive more than $300,000 to provide scholarships to students age 25 and older and another $20,000 in support of the Arrowhead Mobility Management Program, while Ball Club, an unincorporated community located within the Leech Lake Indian Reservation, was awarded $20,000 in support of a park that the community is creating.
The foundation also announced the addition of Peter Birkey, Laura Connelly, and Kayla Schubert-Aubid to its twelve-member board, as well as the election of Dr. Heidi Korstad as its new board chair; the terms of all four will start in January.
"Each of these individuals brings deep background and passion for strengthening rural Minnesota communities, especially Grand Rapids and the Itasca County area," said board chair Brian Nicklason. "We are honored that they have accepted this invitation and look forward to their many contributions."