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Blandin Broadband Communities Program

Blandin Broadband Communities builds on the success of the Demonstration Community component of the Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communities (MIRC) program, which was funded by federal grant dollars and administered by the foundation.-

Blandin Foundation announced the 2015-16 cohort of Blandin Broadband Communities at the November 18-19 Border to Border Broadband: No Community Left Behind conference. They are Carlton County, Central Woodlands (east central Minnesota), Chisago County, Martin County, Redwood County, Red Wing, Renville/Sibley Counties, Resilient Region 5 (north central Minnesota), and Sherburne County.

Teams from those communities will receive planning and organizing support, and the opportunity to apply for up to $100,000 grant funding over two years for locally developed projects that address community identified needs.  The actual amount of grant support for is anticipated to be $75,000 per community. However, Blandin Broadband Communities are not guaranteed any grant support.

Significant commitment on the part of the first-time Blandin Broadband Communities will be expected and required throughout the two-year grant period. 

  • Communities must commit to recruiting and supporting an inclusive community leadership team that reflects community composition.
  • Community leadership team members must be able and willing to commit time and attention to community planning and project development and management.
  • Community leadership team member representatives must participate in virtual and in-person meetings with other participating communities.

The 2013-14 cohort of Blandin Broadband Communities are: Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Itasca Area, Kanabec County, Lac qui Parle Valley School District, Lake County, Lake of the Woods County, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, Mille Lacs County, and Southwest Minnesota Broadband Services.

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