Applications are now being accepted for consideration in the Minnesota Beautiful program, a grant program that provides paint and coatings to complete various restoration projects in Minnesota communities. The program is administered by the Southwest Initiative Foundation (SWIF) in partnership with the Minneapolis-based Valspar Corporation. This 14-year partnership between the organizations provides community restoration and beautification opportunities in southwest Minnesota.
Selected projects must be located within SWIF’s 18-county southwest Minnesota service area. Projects must also meet criteria including visual impact of the project, public benefit to the community, volunteer participation and support, current and/or intended use of the structure and benefit to the needy. Qualifying projects may include—but are not limited to—historic buildings, structures or landmarks, facilities for senior or disabled citizens, community centers or other public buildings and murals or other visual impact projects. Some projects not within the scope of this program include denominational churches, city maintenance or privately-owned facilities that do not meet any of the above criteria.
Completed application packages for the Minnesota Beautiful program must be received by March 7, 2011.
Contact SWIF Community Resource Assistant Marsha Frauendienst at [email protected] or 800-594-9480 with questions.
The Southwest Initiative Foundation is a regional community foundation dedicated to advancing southwest Minnesota through leadership, relationship building, program development and philanthropy. The Foundation has contributed more than $53 million through its grant and loan programs in southwest Minnesota. It has also helped more than 510 businesses start or expand through its business finance programs, which have created or retained more than 7,900 jobs. The Southwest Initiative Foundation is an equal opportunity provider. To learn more, visit www.swifoundation.org.