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SMIF Paint the Town Grants

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) is currently accepting applications for free paint and coating products for community mural, community welcome sign, historic structure or public art projects through its Paint the Town Grant program.

This grant opportunity is available to communities with a population under 10,000 throughout SMIF’s 20-county region. Goodhue, Wabasha, Winona, Dodge, Rice and Olmsted counties.

To be eligible, organizations must be tax exempt 501(c)(3) organizations, units/agencies of local, state, or federal government and public schools/higher education institutions within SMIF’s region.

The project must be in a community with a population of 10,000 or less and all projects must demonstrate visual impact and be accessible to the public.

Applications are due to SMIF by March 28, 2024.

For more information about the grant, and to see examples of public art and creative placemaking projects, visit

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