On Tuesday, October 17, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) announced St. James was one of seven Small Town Grants recipients.

“For the past 30 years, we’ve seen people come together to enhance their communities,” said SMIF President and CEO Tim Penny. “SMIF’s new Small Town Grants program is intended to put air under the wings of some of those ideas, whether the community needs help with strategic planning, funds to implement a project or a stipend to support a leadership development program.”

Communities were selected from a competitive application process. All communities of 5,000 or less in SMIF’s 20-county region were eligible to apply. SMIF awarded a total of $61,500 in Small Town Grants.

The St. James Uniting Cultures/ Uniendo Culturas was awarded $10,000. The Vision and Mission of the Uniting Cultures/Uniendo Culturas project is to bring people together to create a united community where all feel welcomed and safe. The Uniting Cultures/Uniendo Culturas group was started after the initial Forum on Race which was held earlier this past summer. Since that time a cross section of diverse community people have worked together to create projects and activities that will foster mutual respect and understanding within peoples who live and work in our community.

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