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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 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 $50 million in grants and loans within the region during the past 28 years. SMIF's key interests include early childhood and economic development. To learn more about our work and mission, visit

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