Early Childhood Grants

Early Childhood Grants

SMIF’s Early Childhood Grants are designed to support asset-based collaborative approaches to meeting the needs of children birth to age 5 and their families.

SMIF strives to provide quality learning opportunities that focus on getting the whole child ready to succeed. Research indicates that environments and experiences in the early years are the most influential in the development of a child’s brain; therefore, SMIF is making investments of up to $20,000 in the following areas:

  • Social and Emotional Development – build social emotional skills in children through education and prevention or by training and educating parents, caregivers, and teachers.
  • Pre-K to Grade 3 Alignment – community-wide approaches to coordination among standards, curricula, instructional practices, student assessment, and teacher professional development between the preschool and the early elementary school years.
  • School Readiness – give all children access to opportunities that promote school readiness including closing the achievement gap for at-risk children.


Keep an eye on this page for an announcement of the next grant round deadlines.

2019 Grant Recipients

2018 Grant Recipients


For questions contact Jennifer Heien, Grants Coordinator,

Phone: 507.214.7040
Email: jenniferh@smifoundation.org