Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) is a donor-supported, regional economic development foundation. SMIF collaborates widely to support community vitality in a 20-county region through investments in early childhood, economic and community development. We got our start in the farm crisis of the 1980s to help diversify Greater Minnesota economies and ensure vibrant communities for future generations. 

We invest about $5 million annually and also act as a regional collaborator.  SMIF has invested over $111 million in the region since 1986:

  • $31.1 million in loans
  • $32 million in grants
  • $48.4 million in programming

Keep up-to-date on grants, loans and programming that could benefit your community by checking out our newsroom.

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