Uniting Cultures St James

Small Town Grant recipient, Uniting Cultures/Uniendo Culturas in St. James, is developing a strategic plan to continue working towards tolerance, acceptance and the celebration of diversity so that all feel a sense of belonging and community pride.

Small Town Grants Program

Small communities are the fabric of our region, yet sometimes lack the financial resources to build on the assets and uniqueness of their communities. Economic and community changes are inevitable. SMIF believes communities have the ability and leadership to adapt to these changes given the proper resources.

The Small Town Grant Program seeks to build sustainable and vibrant communities by engaging its members, enhancing existing leadership and opportunities for new leadership to emerge. Rather than funding a one-time project, we seek to build enduring, community capacity that will perpetuate collaboration for future work.

Because of our belief in the power that lies within our smaller communities, we have created a grant program for communities in our region with populations of 5,000 or less. 

Timeline: The next grant round opens in summer 2020.

2019 Grant Recipients

2018 Grant Recipients


The current grant round is closed.

Awards made: October 7, 2019


Jennifer Heien, Grants Coordinator

Phone: 507-214-7040
Email: jenniferh@smifoundation.org