At Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) we are proud to be placing people in service roles across the region through the national AmeriCorps program.

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), in partnership with ABDO Publishing and Capstone, is accepting applications for the Early Childhood Literacy Grant Program.

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), in partnership with eleven local Ace Hardware stores, will be accepting applications for free paint and coating products for community mural, community welcome sign, or historic structure projects through its Paint the Town grant program.

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) recently approved nine grants totaling $124,338 to support asset-based collaborative approaches to meeting the needs of children birth to age five and their families.

At Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) we know that growth comes from within. In all of our programming we aim to lift up the communities in our region by providing them with resources and a framework for success, but it is the people within our partner communities who ultimately create the future they want to see.

SMIF is happy to announce that Medford will be the Foundation’s 33rd CGI community in 2017-18.

Presidents of the six Minnesota Initiative Foundations have announced a renewed commitment to early childhood programming across Greater Minnesota, featuring an increasingly diverse set of strategies that reflect local priorities.

Listen to Tim Penny talk about the 2017 Feast! Local Foods Marketplace event and other local foods programming on the Brownfield Ag News.

Tim Penny discusses rural investments and SMIF's Annual "reunion".

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) is seeking applications for its Early Childhood Grants. Grants up to $20,000 are available to independent 501(c)(3) organizations, units of government or public agencies in SMIF’s 20-county region.

At its 2017 Annual Luncheon, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation took its guests on a "rural roadtrip," sharing stories from some of its smallest communities. It also announced its Small Town Grant and Rural Entrepreneurial Venture (REV) winners.

In partnership with the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, First Children's Finance is bringing an exciting opportunity to child care professionals in Southern Minnesota. The Business Leadership Cohort Program provides family child care providers with 10 -15 hours of approved training on Develop - FREE, plus the ability to learn more about business.

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) is recruiting new minority-owned business leaders for another cohort of its Prosperity Initiative. The Prosperity Initiative was designed as a SMIF pilot project to provide education and business resources to minority business owners and educate resource partners of the barriers and opportunities these individuals encounter.

There is a lack of awareness about the importance of taking care of baby teeth and taking kids 5 and under to the dentist. Furthermore, there's a lack of access to affordable dental care in rural Minnesota. Read how SMIF's Early Childhood Dental Network is working toward solutions.

The Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) is the latest group to invest in the Southeast Minnesota Capital Fund, raising commitments to the fund to $1 million. The fund, created by Rochester Area Economic Development, Inc. (RAEDI), and spearheaded by Journey to Growth (J2G), is funded by a group of angel investors who will help support the growing number of startup companies in the medical and technology fields who have the potential to deliver significant returns.

In August, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) welcomed Alden Area Community Foundation as its 27th affiliate fund. The Alden Area Community Foundation’s mission is to serve the City of Alden and its surrounding areas by supporting programs and projects that improve the quality of life and build a stronger community. It is now accepting donations.

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation welcomed over 100 entrepreneurs, students and inspirational speakers for its third Entrepreneurial Bridge conference. The event is held every September in Austin at the Hormel Historic Home. It's a chance to bring entrepreneurs together and leave them with new tools and connections to grow their businesses.

Grants and loans are available through the Huisman Family Fund for organizations and businesses in Faribault County and surrounding areas.

Tim Penny, President and CEO of Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), urges us to welcome not deter immigrant entrepreneurs. Ibrahim Hussein of Somali American Cultural Society of Owatonna (SACSO) and Sunrise Grill is one great example of the contributions new entrepreneurs can make.

Ten years after the flood that damaged many homes and businesses, Rushford is on a bright trajectory.

SMIF's Annual Bus Tour visited Le Sueur, Nicollet, Rice and Sibley Counties this year. We spent the day visiting clients and others who are making a difference in their community. We use this time to hear from stakeholders and listen to community leaders. In this month's op-ed, Tim reflects on what we heard.

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) partners with Minnesota Compass to host listening sessions about providing data and information to Greater Minnesota.

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