A New Opportunity to ThriveBLANDIN COMMUNITYBROADBAND PROGRAM
Our VisionTo ensure a high quality of life and a globallycompetitive future for its citizens, businesses andcommunities, Minnesota is committed to makingthe necessary investments to become a worldleader in the universal deployment and use ofultra high-speed broadband.
Community Leadership Matters Since 2003, Blandin Foundation has partnered with over • 60 communities • 80 organizations
What it takes:• Local champions• Recognition that broadband is a tool for problem solving and marketing the work accordingly• Cross-sector partnerships leading to innovative practices• Tenacity – this work takes time
Blandin’s Commitment to Broadband Continues• The Blandin Foundation Board of Trustees has committed $1.5 million in grant funds over the next two years to support the Foundation’s continued commitment to broadband development in greater Minnesota.
Intelligent Community Framework The ICF Virtuous Cycle KNOWLEDGE INNOVATION B WORKFORCE M R A O R A K D E B T A I N N DIGITAL INCLUSION D G
Program Elements• Recruitment and support of 9 Blandin Broadband Communities• Community Project Grants• Technical assistance and leadership support• Policy development and advocacy• Convening• Information support
Blandin Broadband Communities• 9 communities will receive: – Research and benchmarking – Planning and technical assistance – The opportunity to apply for up to $100,000 in grant funds to support locally developed projects
Community Project Grant Programs– Digital Inclusion Community Partnership • Devices, training and access for those without– Robust Network Feasibility Fund • Analyzing options for improving connectivity– LightSpeed • Enabling broadband-based innovation– Broadband Innovation Grants • A flexible fund to support communities with priority projects
Mark your Calendars!• Today! – Public announcement of selected communities• December / January – Community Project Grant application instructions released• February 8 – Community Project Grant applications due• March – First round of Community Project Grants awarded• June - Second round of Community Project Grants awarded
Places to Receive More Information– Online • Blandin on Broadband blog www.blandinonbroadband.org • Blandin Broadband website http://broadband.blandinfoundation.org– In Person • Mary Magnuson email@example.com 218-326-0523