The Blandin Foundation in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, has announced fifty grants totaling $4 million in support of nonprofit organizations working to strengthen rural communities in Minnesota.
The December awards include operating support grants totaling $2.6 million to nonprofits in Grand Rapids and Itasca County. Recipients include the Itasca Historical Society, Advocates for Family Peace, Habitat for Humanity, the Judy Garland Children's Museum, the Marcell Family Center, and the Ground Floor Youth Center.
The foundation also announced that it has finalized its 2018 budget. In addition to its ongoing community leadership training, public policy programs, and communications and convening activities, the foundation will award nearly $12 million in grants and scholarships in 2018, with at least 60 percent awarded in its home communities of Grand Rapids and the greater Itasca County area.
"Strong, resilient, and healthy communities that work for every resident are at the heart of Blandin Foundation," said Kathleen Annette, the foundation's president and CEO. "Communities are better able to absorb challenges and harness opportunities because of hard work and skilled leadership here in the Itasca area. The grants approved last week by trustees are a reflection of the many ways that local communities come together to design and claim their futures."
For a complete list of the foundation's December grants, see the Blandin Foundation website.