Breaking new ground with investments in

Early Childhood & Entrepreneurs


Since 1986, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation has been a catalyst for economic growth in 20 Minnesota counties. Over the past 28 years, SMIF has worked to leverage assets, foster collaboration, increase funding, and enhance knowledge.

AmeriCorps LEAP

Are you interested in working with children? Looking for a change? Consider becoming an AmeriCorps LEAP Member! Our LEAP members serve in local early childhood centers and Head Start sites, working with at-risk children to promote social and emotional development. <<More>>


$100,000 in Grants Available

Incentive Grant applications are now open! How can we help you improve your community? We have $100,000 available for early childhood and economic development projects.  <<Learn More>>