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SMIF awards $95,000 in grants


Fri, Nov 4th, 2011
Posted in Education

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) recently announced an award of $15,000 to the Kingsland Early Childhood Program (communities of Spring Valley and Wykoff) for its Preparing Children for Kindergarten through Collaboration project. The grant is part of SMIF's semi-annual Incentive Grant awards which totaled $95,000.

The project will build a collaboration of all of the early childhood resources in the school district to perform assessments of both the students and the programs throughout the school year. The goal of these assessments is to identify students' needs and build programs together for consistency and reinforcement. For more information about this program, contact Kathy Beevers at 507-346-7276.

"We are pleased to support this early childhood effort in Kingsland," said Tim Penny, SMIF President and CEO. "This project will be a great asset in getting more children ready to learn."

SMIF has awarded $23.6 million in grants since 1986. The Incentive Grant Program supports new asset-based approaches to current opportunities within our focus areas.

For the next Incentive Grant application round, SMIF will focus its grant making on two areas--economic development and early childhood education and development. The application process and guidelines will be announced early in January; applications will be due on February 15.

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