Blandin Foundation Awards $3.6 Million in Grants

The has announced sixty-seven grants totaling $3.6 million to help strengthen rural communities in northern Minnesota.

Approved by the foundation's trustees during their summer meeting, the awards include support for lifelong learning, economic development, and wrap-around services in the Grand Rapids and Itasca areas. Recipients include the , which was awarded $391,185 to continue its Adult Scholarship Program for adult learners; , which received $2.1 million to continue providing wrap-around services for the region's earliest learners; and the , which was awarded $45,000 in support of its efforts to drive sustainable job growth and economic activity in the Itasca area and across northeast Minnesota.

Grants also were awarded to the City of Grand Rapids, which received $200,000 in support of construction of a multiuse outdoor recreation facility; $5,000 to the in support of its Mobility Mania project; and $10,000 to the to implement an evaluation of an early-childhood program.

"." Blandin Foundation Press Release 06/23/2016.