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In-Kind Grants of Paint Products to Minnesota Nonprofits, Agencies, Schools, and IHEs for Community Beautification Projects

Paint the Town Grant Program


GrantWatch ID# 145538
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Minnesota: Blue Earth, Brown, Dodge, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Le Sueur, Martin, Mower, Nicollet, Olmsted, Rice, Sibley, Steele, Wabasha, Waseca, Watonwan, and Winona

Important Dates
Deadline: 03/31/22

Grant Description
In-kind grants of paint products to Minnesota nonprofit organizations, government agencies, public schools, and higher education institutions for collaborative community beautification projects in eligible small communities. The program serves communities with a population of under 10,000. To be eligible for an SMIF grant, organizations must be located (or serve) within SMIF’s 20-county region: Blue Earth, Fillmore, Le Sueur, Olmsted, Wabasha, Brown, Freeborn, Martin, Rice, Waseca, Dodge, Goodhue, Mower, Sibley, Watonwan, Faribault, Houston, Nicollet, Steele, and Winona.

SMIF’s Paint the Town Grant Program is 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.

SMIF’s Paint the Town Grant Program is designed to engage volunteers and build collaborative efforts that beautify communities with a population under 10,000. All projects must exhibit visual impact, current/intended public use of the structure, and volunteer participation.



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Eligibility
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
To be eligible for a SMIF grant, organizations must meet the following requirements:
• Eligible organizations are tax exempt 501(c)(3) organizations, units/agencies of local, state or federal government and public schools/higher education institutions.
• Located (or serve) within SMIF’s 20-county region: Blue Earth, Fillmore, Le Sueur, Olmsted, Wabasha, Brown, Freeborn, Martin, Rice, Waseca, Dodge, Goodhue, Mower, Sibley, Watonwan, Faribault, Houston, Nicollet, Steele, Winona
• Community population must be under 10,000
• Privately-owned buildings must have a government organization or IRS designated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization as a fiscal agent to receive the paint.
• Historic structures must be owned and operated by a government organization or IRS designated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Ineligible organizations or activities include:
• Organizations that do not meet the above criteria
• Privately-owned facilities that require membership/fee for access
• Privately-owned residential buildings

Additional Geographic Information:

SMIF Region: https://smifoundation.org/about-us/our-region/

Pre-Application Information
For grant award consideration, submit a completed application by March 31, 2022.

All applicants will be contacted via email or telephone to confirm receipt of their application. Applicants will be notified of award decisions by May 2, 2022

SMIF only covers the cost of awarded paint; grantee is responsible for the cost of supplies, equipment, and any additional paint.

Grant recipients must pick up their paint products at one of the participating hardware stores. Please consider travel costs before completing the application

Estimated Size of Grant
Up to 100 gallons of paint from participating hardware stores valued around $40 per gallon (maximum price limited to $50 per gallon).

Term of Contract
The Project Completion Report and photos of the completed project must be provided to SMIF no later than November 1, 2022.

Contact Information
Apply online: https://goapply.azurewebsites.net/SMIF

For questions about the application process or required documentation contact Jennifer Heien, Grants Coordinator, at jenniferh@smifoundation.org or at 507.214.7040

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation
525 Florence Ave
Owatonna, MN 55060
Phone: (507) 455-3215
Fax: (507) 455-2098

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