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Small Town Grants Program

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Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF)

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Grants of up to $10,000 to Minnesota nonprofit organizations, governmental units, and public institutions in eligible regions for community enhancement projects. Funding is intended for new projects that will have a positive impact on the local economy, culture, education, and/or social aspects of the town. Eligible projects must take place in communities located in Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation's 20-county region with populations of 10,000 or less.

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) works collaboratively to help create vibrant communities, innovative and successful economies and engaged and valued citizens. A key component to creating a vibrant region is to ensure all its communities are strong and successful.

The Small Town Grant Program seeks to invest in collaborative initiatives which improve the way your community works together and solves challenges. SMIF seeks proposals which lead to more innovative, efficient processes, increased successes, and improved communication, impacting the culture, education, economy and/or social aspects of your town.

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GrantWatch ID#: 186570

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $10,000

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed over a 12-month timeframe and all grants funds must be expended within the 12-month timeframe.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible organizations are units/agencies of government, IRS-designated 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organizations (current status, not pending), and public institutions (public schools, public higher education, etc.) Organizations which do not comply with the above status may seek a fiscal agent who holds one of the above legal statuses.

- Individuals, businesses, or other for-profit organizations
- General operating expenses and expenses not directly related to the project
- Programs or services mandated by law
- Routine maintenance
- Campaigns or endowments

Pre-Application Information:

- Opens: May 16, 2022
- Applications due: by June 23, 2022
- Awards made: by Aug 10, 2022

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For questions, contact Jennifer Heien, Grants Coordinator
Phone: 507-214-7040

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation
525 Florence Ave
PO Box 695 Owatonna, MN 55060
Phone (507) 455-3215

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota: Blue Earth, Brown, Dodge, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Le Sueur, Martin, Mower, Nicollet, Olmsted, Rice, Sibley, Steele, Wabasha, Waseca, Watonwan, and Winona Counties

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