SMIF Early Literacy Grant Program


Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) recently awarded 21,020 children’s books to 46 organizations through its Early Literacy Grant Program.


This grant supports early literacy efforts that enhance school readiness for children birth to age eight by providing children with books.


The books were awarded in partnership with Capstone and ABDO, Mankato-based publishers of children’s books and digital products and services.

  • Organizations that received books include

  • Northfield Public Schools

  • Three Rivers Community Action Incorporated in Northfield

  • Children’s Museum of Rochester, Inc

  • Kiwanis Clubs of Southern Minnesota

  • Zumbro Education District

SMIF’s 20-county region includes Goodhue, Wabasha, Winona, and Olmsted Counties.

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