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Grants and in-kind services to Minnesota nonprofit organizations and government agencies to increase internet access for rural communities. Grant recipients will receive assistance in planning projects, and will have the opportunity to apply for funding to execute those projects.
Blandin Foundation stands with Minnesota’s rural leaders and communities as they create and claim futures that are resilient, vibrant and connected. Abundant and robust access to the Internet (broadband) – and the skills and resources necessary to take full advantage of this access, whether by business owners, students, workers or older adults – are essential as rural communities seek to compete and thrive in a digitally connected world.
C. K. Blandin Foundation seeks four rural Minnesota communities to participate in the Blandin Broadband Communities (BBC) Program. Selected through an application process, BBCs will define their community technology goals, receive planning and technical assistance and have the opportunity to apply for resources to implement resulting projects.
Once selected, Blandin Broadband Community teams will receive planning and facilitation support, and the opportunity to apply for a grant to fund multiple locally developed projects that address identified community technology needs. Communities must meet a minimum standard of active, cross-sector, and inclusive community participation to be invited to apply for funds.
GrantWatch ID#: 146657
Chosen applicants will receive in-kind services and the opportunity to apply for a $75,000 grant program. In addition, participating communities with significant shortcomings in existing broadband services will receive priority to apply for a grant of up to $25,000.
Significant commitment on the part of the Blandin Broadband Communities will be expected and required throughout the 18-24 month project period.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Submit application materials to Mary Magnuson via email (preferred) or mail to:
C. K. Blandin Foundation
Attn: Bernadine Joselyn
100 North Pokegama Avenue
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
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