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Blandin Foundation is accepting applications through Feb. 15 for matching grants that help to advance broadband in rural Minnesota communities.
(Published Feb 12, 2013)
Applications for community broadband project grants are available online at www.blandinfoundation.org.
Since making rural broadband use and access a focus in 2003, Blandin Foundation has partnered with leaders in more than 60 communities and 80 organizations across the state on various projects. For 2013 and 2014, the Foundation is providing matching grants of $10,000 - $50,000, up to $1.5 million, for rural Minnesota communities to:
•Conduct broadband feasibility studies
•Deploy advanced broadband applications
•Increase computer ownership and broadband adoption among low-income populations
•Implement projects that support a culture of broadband use
Eligible recipients for Blandin Foundation grants are located in Minnesota, serve Minnesota residents, and are 501©(3) organizations, units of government or tribal governments. See each grant application for other requirements.
“Strong communities create and claim futures that are resilient, vibrant and connected,” said Dr. Kathleen Annette, Blandin Foundation CEO. “Abundant and robust access to the Internet (broadband), and the digital literacy skills necessary to take full advantage of this access, now are essential as communities seek to compete and thrive in an ever more connected world. We see exciting possibilities through these community grants.”
Community Broadband Project Grants will be accepted in four rounds through early 2014. The first two application deadlines are Feb. 15 and April 26. Full details and extensive community resources are available at www.blandinfoundation.org
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