Why Community Development?
SMIF's goal since the beginning has been to nurture economic prosperity and community vitality within its 20-county region. Since 1986, we have worked to identify and leverage our region’s assets to achieve these goals. Southern Minnesota’s culture has long cultivated a spirit of collaboration that brings together neighbors, communities, and the public and private sectors. We are proud of our role in continuing to bring local leaders together to pool resources and ideas for greater outcomes.
To achieve our vision of helping develop more community vitality, we offer:
Grants to nonprofits and communities
Community Foundation support
Regional collaboration and convenings