Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), a donor-supported foundation, invests for economic growth in the 20 counties of south central and southeastern Minnesota. SMIF's key interests include economic and early childhood development and community vitality.  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 $114 million in the region since 1986:

  • $49 million in programming
  • $31.4 million in loans
  • $34 million in grants

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

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