The Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation awarded $33,900 in economic grants to the 20 counties in Southern Minnesota. Southeast Minnesota saw its name called twice, according to the SMIF website.

One great went to the City of Spring Grove, while the other went to the Community and Economic Development Associates for the Bluff Country in Houston, Fillmore and Winona Counties. Take a look at the brief descriptions below

$5,000 to the City of Spring Grove for the Imagine Spring Grove Entrepreneur Toolkit and accompanying programming to equip entrepreneurs with the resources and information they need to address common business challenges, such as start-up procedures, financial management, succession planning and more. This grant will leverage the momentum started by Spring Grove’s participation in SMIF’s Rural Entrepreneurial Ventures (REV) program.

$8,900 to Community and Economic Development Associates for the Bluff Country Collaborative – Youth Entrepreneurship Initiative which engages youth in meaningful exploration of entrepreneurial career opportunities in Houston, Fillmore and Winona Counties. This initiative will inspire youth to explore entrepreneurship as a viable career option, providing access to educational opportunities both in and outside of the classroom.

If you want to see the rest of southern Minnesota's grants. You can check them out HERE.