Current Grant Opportunities

SMIF BookStart Grant Program
In an effort to promote early childhood literacy, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) and Capstone are partnering for the 13th year of the BookStart Grant program. The goal of this partnership is to ensure every child has their own book at home to read or be read to by family members. Awarded organizations will be able to choose from a wide selection, including bilingual and early childhood appropriate books. Applications should reflect collaboration with other organizations that support reading, target populations that may not have access to books, and promote early childhood learning through literacy at the family level. Eligible projects must be located within SMIF's 20-county area. Applications are due March 31.
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Hazard Mitigation Grant Program
The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) has funding available to qualified communities interested in mitigating future damage from natural hazards and helping residents stay safe during severe weather. HMGP provides grants to state and local governments, eligible private nonprofit organizations, and tribal communities to fund long-term, permanent mitigation measures following a major disaster declaration. HMGP is a cost share program with 75 percent of the funds coming from the federal government and 25 percent a local share. Interested applicants must submit the one-page Notice of Interest form by March 6. If eligible, you will be invited to submit a full application.
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Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Grant
Funding is available from the Initiative Foundation for the implementation or expansion of innovative pilot projects to prevent the introduction or spread of aquatic invasive species into the surface waters of Minnesota, and to assess their effectiveness. The Initiative Foundation will award a total of $3.6 million to fund a limited number of pilot projects. This grant was approved by the Minnesota Legislature from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment Fund, administered by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council. The request for proposal (RFP) process is open to all Minnesota local government units, tribal entities, and 501©(3) organizations. The deadline to submit a proposal is noon on Feb. 27.
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Minnesota State Arts Board FY 2016 Minnesota Festival Support
The Minnesota State Arts Board is now accepting applications for the fiscal year 2016 Minnesota Festival Support grant. Proposed projects must take place between Nov. 1, 2015, and Oct. 31, 2016. The deadline to submit applications for the FY 2016 Minnesota Festival Support grant program is 4:30 p.m. on May 22.
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