All Grant Opportunities
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COMMUNITY GROWTH INITIATIVE
Our Community Growth Initiative (CGI) brings community members together to evaluate the assets of the community, set goals, and accomplish a project of choice. We provide facilitation, technical assistance, and up to $20,000 to assist asset-based community development (ABCD) efforts that lead to economic growth and prosperity. CGI communities are selected through an application process.
EARLY CHILDHOOD INITIATIVE COMMUNITY COALITIONS
Currently, our Foundation supports 19 Early Childhood Coalitions. Each community commits to three stages of involvement: community visioning, project implementation, and sustainable operation. The ECI receives coalition support and project implementation grants.
HOME VISITATION GRANT PROGRAM
Existing home visitation programs may apply for funds to enhance and increase visitation services. Grants are funded through our Youth Trust Fund. Applications are available each year.
We provide up to $20,000 to launch early childhood development or entrepreneur development programs/projects that inspire collaboration and demonstrate results. Applications are accepted twice annually, with submission deadlines in February and August.
YOUNG EXPLORER LEARNING CENTERS
Early childhood partners in our 20-county region may apply to receive a "kid-friendly" early learning computer station with science-, math-, reading- and literacy-focused software. This grant program is made available through a partnership with IBM Corporation.
Programs focused on the social and emotional development of young children in our 20-county region may engage an AmeriCorps member in service for 11 months. We recruit, connect, and match members to site service partner positions. Placements are made as members are engaged in the program. Members begin the LEAP service term during the last week in August and serve through the following July.
SMIF coordinates and supports AmeriCorps VISTA members who serve in our region. The focus of the VISTA members is on work in the area of "Economic Opportunity," enabling individuals to obtain or train for gainful employment. VISTA members serve in 501(c) nonprofit organizations; educational institutions; faith-based organizations; tribal, state, and local government agencies to build organizational capacity for conducting anti-poverty work. Applications are accepted annually in November.
All Loan Opportunities
BUSINESS LOAN FUND
Our Business Loans target six key industries: bioscience, renewable energy, food/agriculture, manufacturing, technology, and healthcare. Our Business Loan Program works in partnership with local lending institutions, economic development organizations, and government agencies to help "fill the gap" between available and necessary financial resources.
SMALL ENTERPRISE LOAN FUND
Small businesses are the anchor of our economy. For the past 10 years, SMIF has provided micro loans through a partnership with the Small Business Administration (SBA). These loans support small business owners or start-up entrepreneurs who create service, retail, and manufacturing businesses. Even though these businesses are very small individually, they create the fabric necessary for community vitality.
BUILDING BLOCKS LOAN FUND
Our Building Blocks Loans support the business of family child care by providing financial resources and technical assistance to help expand or enhance licensed child care businesses
The Seed Fund supports start-up stage businesses that need capital, business expertise, and networking opportunities. This fund helps companies perform research and analysis, patent opinions and filings, and product testing and analysis.