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SMIF Announces $100,000 in Grants Available


Tue, Jul 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Business Announcements

As part of its effort to invest in economic growth within the region, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) is offering $100,000 in Incentive Grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations or units/agencies of local, state, or federal government. Grants up to $20,000 are available to support collaborative projects or programs in early childhood and economic development areas. Applications for this grant round are due September 2, 2014, with awards announced in October.



"We want to focus on very specific early childhood and economic development issues that we believe are critical to the long-term economic vitality of our region," notes Tim Penny, President/CEO. "These Incentive Grants are designed to support projects that involve collaboration and achieve sustainable, measurable results."



SMIF is looking for grant applications that encourage new asset-based approaches on issues within our focus areas.



SMIF's Focus Areas



Early Childhood Development

Strengthen children's social and emotional health and school readiness



Economic Development

Strengthen and grow the business community by supporting services and programs that impact local businesses and entrepreneurs



SMIF awarded nine Incentive Grants in the past year, totaling $146,699.

Examples include:

- $8,700 to Ridgeway Community School to better help preschool-aged children develop social and emotional and early literacy skills to successfully make the transition to area all-day kindergarten programs



- $20,000 to Minnesota Valley Action Council to develop a local food hub to make fresh, healthy, locally grown food readily available to institutions, retailers, and consumers.



Full guidelines and online application can be found at www.smifoundation.org under "Applications." For more information email Jennifer Heien, Grants Associate, at jenniferh@smifoundation.org; or call 507-455-3215.

About Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), a donor-supported foundation, invests for economic growth in 20 Minnesota counties. The Foundation has provided more than $50 .....
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AgStar announces upcoming retirement of CEO

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
Posted in All Business Announcements

Mankato, Minn., – AgStar Financial Services, ACA today announced that President and Chief Executive Officer Paul DeBriyn has decided to retire as CEO, effective immediately. However, DeBriyn will stay on for the next nine months serving as strateg ..... 
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Rushford Grace Place is pleased to announce their 4th annual Rushford Grace Place silent auction with funds donated to Thrivent

Thu, Jul 10th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Business Announcements

Grace Place is once again celebrating Rushford Days with their 4th annual silent auction. This year the location will be at the Sterling Pharmacy location at Norsquare 115 W. Jessie Street Rushford, directly across the street from Grace Place hours ..... 
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Semcac food shelves participate in Open Your Heart to the Hungry & Homeless

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in All Business Announcements

All four of the Semcac food shelf locations are participating in 2014 Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless, a donation challenge sponsored by Hunger Solutions that takes place during the month of July. Semcac is a member of Hunger Solutions Mi ..... 
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AgStar announces county fair grant recipients

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in All Business Announcements

The AgStar Fund for Rural America, the corporate giving program of AgStar Financial Services, recently awarded $76,250 in grants for its County Fair Facility Upgrade grant program. Twenty six county fair programs received grants to use toward fairgr ..... 
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Fillmore County resident is a lottery winner

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Business Announcements

ROSEVILLE, Minn. – Congratulations to Joshua Thompson of Spring Valley, Minn. Thompson won $20,000 by playing the Lottery’s MONOPOLY™ scratch game. Thompson claimed the prize on June 13, 2014. The winning ticket was purchased at Cub Foods, 102 ..... 
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Red Cross elects new board members

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in All Business Announcements

ROCHESTER, Minn. — The American Red Cross of Southeast Minnesota held their 97th Annual Meeting on Tuesday, June 17. Six people were elected to positions on the nine-member volunteer Board of Directors. Newly elected members are Chad Anderson, Bil ..... 
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Foremost Farms USA Earns GOLD Well Workplace Award

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in All Business Announcements

BARABOO, Wis. – Foremost Farms USA® has once again joined the ranks as one of “America’s Healthiest Companies”. For the second time, the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA), with local affiliate Wellness Council of Wisconsin, has awarded F ..... 
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Whalan Trail town map “given” to city

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Business Announcements

On Friday, June 6, a special ceremony was held in Whalan to officially “give” the new Trail Town map to the City. “We want to thank Tri-County Electric for making this possible,” said Wes Harding, Whalan’s representative on the Trail Town ..... 
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