SMIF seeking applications for Paint the Town Grant – Albert Lea Tribune


The Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), in partnership with regional hardware stores, will accept applications for free paint and coating products for community murals, community welcome signs, or historic structures projects under its program. Paint the Town Grant.

This grant opportunity is available to communities of less than 10,000 people in the SMIF 20 county area. One of the goals of this program is to encourage the participation of local volunteers in the painting process. In total, up to 15 projects will be awarded paint products based on visual impact, public interest, volunteer involvement and community support.

Since 1997, SMIF has helped distribute over 10,500 gallons of paint to 293 projects in the region through various programs. The Paint the Town Grant program was officially launched in 2015 with regional stores Ace Hardware and Arrow Hardware and Paint.

Participating stores are Arrow Hardware & Paint (store locations: Northfield, Owatonna, Rochester Crossroads, Rochester North, St. Peter, Shakopee, St. Cloud), Faribault Ace Hardware, Pellicci Ace Hardware (store locations: Eagan, Farmington, Rosemount, Zumbrota) and St. Charles Ace Hardware. While some participating stores are located outside of the SMIF region, only communities with fewer than 10,000 residents within the SMIF 20-county region are eligible to apply.

Applications must be sent to the SMIF before March 31. For more information or to apply, visit our website at or contact Jennifer Heien at 507-214-7040; [email protected]


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