New Grant Opportunity! Small Communities & Rural Placemaking

by Jessica Stolen
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Blandin Foundation is pleased to announce the Small Communities & Rural Placemaking RFP. As one of the few foundations in the nation devoted exclusively to rural needs, Blandin Foundation has shifted their strategic focus to better meet rural Minnesota’s urgent challenges.  Small communities are an integral part of Minnesota’s rich, unique culture. However, rural disparities are deepening and these places have few resources available to them. Placemaking fosters socially connected communities that have increased civic capacity and collective ability to make positive change within the community. Their intent is to support rural communities and Native Nations in tapping courage, ingenuity, and resourcefulness to rebuild connections that have long been a source of their strength and identity. They encourage new or expanded partnerships across sectors and engage those who will benefit from the intended change — particularly traditionally marginalized people who are typically excluded from participation. Small Communities & Rural Placemaking Funding Focus Rural Minnesota communities of 5,000 or fewer Projects that support communities’ capital needs and planning for community, organizational, and program development Work that aligns with Blandin Foundation’s mission Nonprofit, government, or tribal organizations can apply, or serve as fiscal agent for community efforts Applicants can submit a Letter of Inquiry by March 29, 2024 to be considered for a grant. Select candidates will be invited to submit a full proposal in April and will be notified in late May if project funding is awarded.  For more information and to submit your Letter of Inquiry, visit their Small Communities & Rural Placemaking Grants RFP webpage. If you have any questions, please send them to

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