Blandin Foundation Awards $4 Million in Grants

The Blandin Foundation in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, has announced December grants totaling more than $4 million to initiatives and organizations in the Grand Rapids and Itasca County area, including many of its longstanding partners.

Recipients include Minnesota Diversified Industries, which was awarded $1 million to relocate its primary services from a substandard facility to a larger space; First Call for Help of Itasca County, which will receive $100,000 in continued operating support to provide its free and confidential intervention, active listening, and information and referral services to residents of north-central Minnesota; and ElderCircle, which was awarded $100,000 for its efforts to link aging community members and their caregivers to programs, services, education, and volunteer opportunities.

"Local leaders pulling together to build a vibrant Itasca County — that is what Charles Blandin hoped for seventy-five years ago when he created his foundation, and that hope continues to fuel our work today," said Blandin Foundation president and CEO Kathy Annette. "With strong community leadership and the right opportunities, great things happen. We see it happening every day in our communities, and these grants are proof it will happen again."

For a complete list of grantees, see the Blandin Foundation website.

"Blandin Foundation Awards $3.9 Million in Grants." Blandin Foundation Press Release 12/21/2015.