Grants boost educational, entrepreneurial efforts
The Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation recently approved six grants totaling $99,053 to support early-childhood and entrepreneur projects in southern Minnesota.
• The Austin school district was given $11,218 to to increase preparedness for kindergarten by providing training to daycare providers, preschool staff, friends and family providers, along with a parent meeting introducing home activities.
• The Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation was given $19,800 to launch an online database and virtual marketplace that will increase opportunities for small business owners through access to local purchasing markets, mentorship and education.
• Project FINE in Winona was given $20,000 to to provide large-group experiences, parent mentoring and information about early-childhood resources to help newcomer families.
Since 1986, the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation has provided more than $24 million in grants to create economic vitality in south-central and southeastern Minnesota. The president and CEO of the foundation is former Congressman Tim Penny, of Waseca.
The application process and guidelines for the next round of incentive grants will be announced in early January.