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.
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.