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Robust Network Feasibility Fund Grants

Blandin Foundation
Sep 18, 2020

Mary Magnuson


The Blandin Foundation provides matching grants for feasibility studies of geographically based broadband networks in rural areas of Minnesota.

The goals of the program are to:

  1. Stimulate the development of state-of-the-art broadband networks in rural Minnesota
  2. Assist communities obtain factual information on technology alternatives, costs, and market opportunities

Studies may provide information on:

  • Existing broadband infrastructure and services
  • Prospective customer demand and willingness to pay for improved broadband services
  • Technology options
  • Prospective provider partnerships
  • Business planning

Eligible applicants include 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, public agencies, units of local government, and nonprofit entities with a fiscal sponsor.

Applicants must document community development work prior to applying, including:

  • Forming and educating a cross-sector steering team about community broadband development
  • Interviewing existing and prospective broadband providers
  • Considering public sector roles in broadband development
  • Discussing preliminary findings with citizens and local elected officials
Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Up to $25,000.

Grants must be matched on a 1:1 cash basis.

Application process

Links to additional guidance, application instructions, and the online application portal are available on the program website.

Application materials not submitted online may be emailed to

Tagged as
Broadband · Networking and collaboration · Planning and strategy methods and resources · Minnesota

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