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Other Grant Opportunities


Minnesota Beautiful Program

The Southwest Initiative Foundation and Valspar Corporation partner to make the Minnesota Beautiful Program available to communities and organizations in southwest Minnesota.  The program provides the necessary paint and coatings to help communities and organizations complete restoration and beautification projects within the 18 counties of southwest Minnesota.

Projects that may qualify for a grant include, but are not limited to, historic buildings, senior citizen or handicapped facilities, community centers, public buildings, murals, or other visual impact projects.  Projects that do not fall within the scope of the Minnesota Beautiful program include denominational churches, city maintenance, or privately-owned facilities.

Selection is based on the visual impact of the project, public benefit to the community, volunteer participation, intended use of the building, and the benefit to those in need.

2014 application deadline was Monday, March 3. Award recipients will be notified around March 24.

Contact Community Resource Assistant Marsha Frauendienst at 800-594-9480 with questions.


CURA Community-Based Research Programs


The Community Assistantship Program is pleased to announce a spring 2014 grant program. The grant will allow rural communities to hire a student to work on a project defined by those communities. The deadline for project proposals is October 30th, 2013. Approved projects will run from Jan.9 to May 25, 2014.

Winning communities will review job applications and select the student who best meets their needs.


Eligible organizations include community groups, organizations, and local governments outside the seven county metro.


Project Proposal Deadlines

  • March 15 (for Summer Semester assistance—early June through August)
  • June 30 (for Fall Semester assistance—early September to mid-January)
  • October 30 (for Spring Semester assistance—mid-January through May)

Winning communities will review job applications and select the student who best meets their needs. View online application details.

Eligible organizations include community groups, organizations and local governments outside the seven-county metro area.

What is CAP?

The Community Assistantship Program (CAP) provides applied research assistance to community-based groups outside the Twin Cities Metro Area. The research and technical needs of community organizations are matched with the support of talented students. The idea is simple: get the resources of a great University working with communities to address the significant issues facing the people of Minnesota. CAP projects typically place students in a community defined and directed part time research assistantship for one semester or over the summer. Students are selected by and report to the community organization. Throughout the project students are supported by a community supervisor, faculty and community mentors.

For more information and how apply, visit

CURA Application Form (PDF)

CAP Fall 2013 Projects

  • Hiawatha Valley Resource Conservation and Development Council - 'Southeastern MN Cover Crops Map'
  • Middle-Snake-Tamarac Rivers Watershed District - 'Telling The Tallgrass Aspen Parkland Story'
  • Region 5 Virtual Highway Task Force Commission - 'Assessing the Health Effects of Extending High-Speed Internet Access throughout Minnesota’s Region 5'
  • Renewing the Countryside - 'Sharing Land Legally - Finding Solutions that Build Rural Economies'


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Nancy Fasching
Senior Administration and Grants Officer
(800) 594-9480


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