Small Town Grants Program

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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 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. SMIF is offering grants of up to $10,000 for these communities to support projects that can demonstrate a collaborative and economic opportunity for their community.

2018 Grant Recipients


Deadline: August 30, 2019 by 4:00 p.m.

Awards made: October 7, 2019


Submit application and attachments via mail, fax or email to:
Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation
Attn: Jennifer Heien
PO Box 695
Owatonna, MN 55060
Fax: 507-455-2098

All applicants will be contacted via email or telephone to confirm receipt of their application. 


Jennifer Heien, Grants Coordinator

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