OWATONNA, MN, July 1, 2019 – Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) is currently accepting applications for its Small Town Grants Program. Towns with populations of 5,000 or less in SMIF’s 20-county region are eligible to apply. Requests of up to $10,000 will be considered.
“The first two years of this program were an enormous success,” said Tim Penny, President and CEO of SMIF. “It is inspiring to see communities implement projects that help their towns thrive. Now moving into its third year, we are excited for more small southern Minnesota towns to take advantage of this grant.”
The Small Town Grants Program seeks to build sustainable and vibrant communities by engaging community members, enhancing existing leadership and creating opportunities for new leadership to emerge. Rather than funding one-time projects, the program seeks to build collaborative efforts and partnerships that will perpetuate collaboration for future work. Nonprofit organizations and units or agencies of local, state, and federal government are encouraged to apply.
Examples of previously awarded Small Town Grant projects include the development of community gardens, a trail system, a town brand identity, marketing approaches to attract new residents, a Makerspace program, and a multi-cultural festival.
Applications are due to SMIF by August 30, 2019, at 4 p.m. Awardees will be notified by October 7, 2019. For the application and guidelines, visit www.smifoundation.org or contact Jennifer Heien, Grants Coordinator, at (507) 214-7040 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation
Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), a donor-supported foundation, invests for economic growth in the 20 counties of south central and southeastern Minnesota. The Foundation has provided more than $111 million in grants, loans and programming within the region during the past 33 years. SMIF’s key interests include early childhood, community and economic development. To learn more about our work and mission, visit www.smifoundation.org.