Foundation Aids in Education, College Prep

Private Funder:  Charles K. Blandin Foundation (formerly the Blandin Foundation); Opportunity: 2016 Education Grants; Funding Focus: Rural communities, healthcare and the disadvantaged; Geographic Focus: Minnesota; Eligibility: Governments, schools and nonprofits; Funding: Multiple awards of up to $4,000 each (Blandin Foundation distributed about $12.4 million in grants last year); Deadline: May 1.

Summary: Through its Education Awards program, the foundation will award scholarships of up to $4,000 to high school students who attend or have graduated high schools in rural portions of the state. Some home-schooled students are also eligible. The foundation’s Education Awards scholarships are available for a variety of types of secondary (post-high school) education, including college and university, community and technical college, and certificate programs.

Other Grants

These are different from the community grants the foundation also offers. Grants go to improve the lives of those living in rural communities beyond the seven-county metro area in Minnesota. The Blandin Foundation partners with community-focused organizations throughout rural Minnesota to build healthy rural communities. Youth groups are frequent beneficiaries of these grants. For example, the foundation gave $90,000 to the Itasca County Independent School District 318 for operating support.

Info: (Education Awards); James Hoolihan, president, 218/326-0523; or

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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