Paint the Town Grants

Guidelines | Application

SMIF’s Paint the Town Grant Program grants are designed to engage volunteers, create a sense of community pride, and build collaborative efforts that beautify communities through "Painting the Town" with a new community mural, community welcome sign, or painting an historic structure. Paint the Town grants are administered by SMIF in collaboration with 14 Ace Hardware stores located in our region. 

IRS-designated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and units/agencies of local, state, and federal government in southern Minnesota can apply to receive paint products. This is a competitive grant; up to 10 small communities with a population under 10,000 will be awarded paint.


  • Application deadline: May 15, 2019
  • Grant awards made: May 31, 2019


For grant award consideration, submit a completed application by May 15, 2019 via email to or postal mail to:

Grants Coordinator
Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation
PO Box 695
Owatonna, MN 55060


For more information please contact Jennifer Heien, Grants Coordinator, at 507-214-7040 or

2018 Grant Recipients

Northfield Union of Youth

The Northfield Union of Youth created a new mural on their building with a Paint the Town grant in 2017.

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