SMIF Accepting Applications for Community Grants Program – Austin Daily Herald

The SMIF is accepting applications for the Community Grants Program

Published on Friday, September 16, 2022 at 9:47 p.m.

The Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), in partnership with the Region Nine Development Commission (RNDC), is currently accepting applications for its Inclusive and Equitable Communities Grant Program. Nonprofit organizations, government units, or public institutions in the SMIF 20-county area are eligible to apply. Requests up to $20,000 will be considered.

Eligible organizations are invited to submit entries that empower their communities to create inclusive and welcoming environments and advance equitable opportunities in the lives of all. SMIF seeks applications that create economic opportunity and prosperity for diverse populations.

Applications focused on projects serving people who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Color, Immigrant and/or Refugee communities will be prioritized. Applications focused on creating inclusive and welcoming environments for other marginalized people will also be considered.

“We are thrilled to offer this opportunity to organizations working on inclusivity and economic equity in southern Minnesota communities,” said Pam Bishop, vice president of economic development at SMIF. “Our partnership with RNDC further reinforces our commitment to supporting hospitality initiatives in the region.

Applications should be sent to SMIF by 3 p.m. on October 24. For application and guidelines, visit or contact Jennifer Heien, Grants Coordinator, at 507-214-7040 or

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