(Sept. 5, 2013) — Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) is pleased to announce its annual grant award program for Home Visitation. Grant awards are available up to $10,000 each to enhance or expand existing Home Visitation programs. The deadline to apply is October 17, 2013.
SMIF's Home Visiting Grant Program is designed to support children's social-emotional readiness. Grants for Home Visiting programs are available through SMIF's Youth Trust Fund, an endowed fund started in 1998 by Founding Cornerstone contributors: IBM Corporation, Mayo Foundation, Red Wing Shoe Company, and Wells Fargo Bank.
SMIF is committed to ensuring that all young children thrive and have a healthy life of learning, achieving, and succeeding. Evidence shows a key ingredient to that goal is making certain children and their families are safe, healthy, self-sufficient, and connected to community resources. One way to support families and meet the crucial needs of young children is through home visiting.
Applicants will need to identify and report on the following measures:
Mandatory Impact Measures: (all applicants must measure and report)
"We believe investing in home visiting programs supports our long-term strategy to build a capable workforce,"said SMIF President and CEO Tim Penny. "As part of its mission, SMIF is committed to ensuring that all young children thrive and have a healthy life of learning, achieving, and succeeding."
To invest in economic growth in southern Minnesota, SMIF has supported early childhood efforts to make certain all children enter school fully encouraged, prepared, and supported for learning success. Over the past nine years, SMIF has invested $1.55 million annually for early childhood development initiatives.
For SMIF's Home Visitation guidelines and application, visit www.smifoundation.org and click on "Applications" or contact Teri Steckelberg at 507-455-3215 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation
Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), a donor-supported foundation, invests for economic growth in 20 Minnesota counties. The Foundation has provided more than $50 million in grants and loans within the region during the past 27 years. SMIF's key interests include early childhood and entrepreneur development. To learn more about our work and mission, visit www.smifoundation.org.
About IBM KidSmart:
The IBM KidSmart Early Learning Program integrates interactive teaching and learning activities using the latest technology into the pre-kindergarten curriculum. The program is now being implemented in 60 countries internationally, serving more than 2 million children. The centerpiece of the program is the Young Explorer™. Parents and teachers can find early childhood and technology resources through IBM's KidSmart Web site at www.kidsmartearlylearning.org.
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