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Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation announces $100,000 in grants available

Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in All Government

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) 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 entrepreneur development areas. Applications for this grant round are due February 15, 2013, with awards announced in April.

“We want to focus on very specific early childhood and entrepreneur 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 (noted below).

SMIF’s Focus Areas

•Early Childhood Development: Strengthen children’s social and emotional health and school readiness

•Entrepreneur Development: Strengthen and grow the local business community

SMIF applications can be found at under Applications. For more information, email Jennifer Heien, Grants Associate, at; 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 $47 million in grants and loans within the region during the past 26 years. SMIF’s key interests include early childhood and entrepreneur development. To learn more about our work and mission call 507-455-3215 or visit

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