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Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation awards $87,564 in grants

Fri, May 9th, 2014
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Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) recently approved five grants totaling $87,564 to support early childhood and entrepreneur projects within southern Minnesota.

•$7,564 to Brown County Early Childhood Initiative/United Way of the Brown County Area Incorporated to provide a series of home visits to licensed child care programs in Brown County, focused on social and emotional development and school readiness.

•$20,000 to Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial Community Education to link the community’s learning initiatives from newborn to kindergartners and beyond.

•$20,000 to Winona State University Children’s Center to provide a teacher with early childhood special education credentials.

•$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.

•$20,000 to Rushford Peterson Valley Brand Council to develop a brand to promote the valley’s entrepreneurial opportunities for new/expanding businesses, designed to strengthen and grow the business community.

Since 1986, the Foundation has provided over $24 million in grants to create economic vitality throughout south central and southeastern Minnesota.

“We are pleased to support these four asset-based approaches to current opportunities within our focus areas, and believe they will each contribute to the economic vitality of our region,” says Tim Penny, President/CEO.

The application process and guidelines for the next Incentive Grant round will be announced in July; applications will be due September 2, 2014. For details on applying for a SMIF Incentive Grant visit and click on “Applications.”

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 million in grants and loans within the region during the past 28 years. SMIF’s key interests include early childhood and entrepreneur development. To learn more about our work and mission, visit

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