Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation in Partnership with Local Ace Hardware Stores Offer Free Paint for Community Projects

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), in partnership with eleven local Ace Hardware stores, will be accepting applications for free paint and coating products for community mural, community welcome sign, or historic structure 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 area. 

A goal of this program is to encourage local volunteer involvement in the painting process. Applications are due to SMIF by May 15, 2018. Awardees will be notified May 31, 2018.

A total of up to 10 projects will be awarded paint products based on visual impact, public benefit, volunteer participation and community support. 

“Faribault Ace Hardware and St. Charles Ace Hardware are proud to support the Paint the Town project along with SMIF,” said Joe Donahue, owner of two participating stores. “It is always wonderful to see our local communities utilizing the rich colors of Clark+Kensington and Valspar paints in projects that contribute to the vibrancy of the region.” 

“We cannot underestimate the power that beautification projects can have on a community,” said Tim Penny, SMIF President & CEO. “Art is a key tool for community vitality. We are proud to support these projects in our southern Minnesota region alongside Ace Hardware.”

For more information or to apply visit our website at or contact Jennifer Heien at 507-214-7040;

About Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation
Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), a donor-supported foundation, invests for economic growth in the 20 counties of south central and southeastern Minnesota. The Foundation has provided more than $106 million in grants, loans and programming within the region during the past 31 years. SMIF's key interests include early childhood, community and economic development. To learn more about our work and mission, visit