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Blandin Community Leadership Program

Blandin Community Leadership Program (BCLP)
 
BCLP is designed to develop and sustain a healthy community by building on community strengths. A healthy community is a place to live where all people can meet their economic, social, physical, cultural, and spiritual needs, work together for the common good, and participate in creating their future.  
 
Since 1985, BCLP has provided leadership training to more than 6,500 leaders in over 400 Minnesota rural communities.
 
Who is the Blandin Foundation?
The Blandin Foundation is a private independent foundation based in, Grand Rapids, Minnesota. It's Mission is to strengthen rural Minnesota communities, especially the Grand Rapids area, through grants, leadership programs and public policy initiatives. Visit www.blandinfoundation.org for more information about the foundation.
 
Who is the program for?
The program serves rural Minnesota communities. Individuals are recruited from selected communities and become part of a 24 person community cohort. Each community cohort represents a diverse population with a wide variety of networks including: businesses, nonprofits, government, healthcare, and education, among other things.
 
What do they do?

Blandin Foundation takes a range of approaches to help strengthen rural Minnesota communities.  These primarily are:

  • Granting money and providing other types of resources that support the innovative work of rural Minnesota organizations.
  • Providing world-class instruction for rural community leaders.
  • Convening and supporting diverse stakeholders around critical issues. 
  • Strengthening rural Minnesota's voices in statewide decision-making that especially affects rural communities.
 
What are the program costs?
The cost of the program participants is their commitment of time and travel to site. The Foundation cover the cost of the program including training materials - a substantial Foundation commitment of neatly $1,000,000 annually to a program that year - in  and year - out demonstrates impact.
 
 
 
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