SMIF seeking applications for grant

Published 8:09 pm Wednesday, March 11, 2020

The Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, in partnership with 12 local Ace Hardware stores, will accept applications for free paint and coating products for community mural, community welcome sign or historic structure projects through its Paint the Town grant program, according to a press release.

The grant opportunity is available to communities with a population under 10,000 throughout SMIF’s 20-county region. A goal of the program is to encourage local volunteer involvement in the painting process. A total of up to 10 projects will be awarded paint products based on visual impact, public benefit, volunteer participation and community support.

“Faribault Ace Hardware and St. Charles Ace Hardware are proud to support the Paint the Town project along with SMIF,” said Joe Donahue, owner of two participating stores. “Paint the Town is a great program that allows communities to tell a story and contribute to the vibrancy of the region.”

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“Investing in beautification projects in our smaller towns is an important component of community vitality for our region,” said Tim Penny, SMIF president and CEO. “We are proud to support these projects alongside our Ace Hardware partners.”

Applications are due to SMIF by May 18. For more information or to apply, visit or contact Jennifer Heien at  or 507-214-7040.