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 or community welcome sign. Paint the Town grants are administered by SMIF in collaboration with nine local Ace Hardware stores. 

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

Paint the Town Grant Guidelines
Application - DEADLINE EXTENDED: May 1, 2017

Arlington Community Center

The City of Arlington created two new murals in their Community Center with the help of nearly 15 volunteers and a Paint the Town grant in 2015.

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