Blandin Broadband Communities builds on the success of the Demonstration Community component of the Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communities program, which was funded by federal grant dollars and administered by the foundation.
Once selected, Blandin Broadband Community teams will receive planning and organizing support, and the opportunity to apply for grant funding for locally developed projects that address community identified needs. Chosen communities may apply for up to $100,000 in matching funding over a two-year period, with the average amount of grant support anticipated to be $75,000 per community. Being chosen as a Blandin Broadband Community, however, is not a guarantee of grant support.
Significant commitment on the part of the Blandin Broadband Communities will be expected and required throughout the two-year grant period.
Results from our latest survey of rural Minnesotans.
Community broadband project matching grants of $10,000 to $50,000 available. Click here for details.
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