Communities with a population under 10,000 are eligible to win free paint and painting supplies. The Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation based in Owatonna is once again partnering with eleven area Ace Hardware stores in this promotion.

A total of up to 10 projects in the SMIF's 20 county area will be awarded paint products based on visual impact, public benefit, volunteer participation and community support.  The free paint and products may be used for community murals, welcome signs or historic structure projects through this Paint The Town grant program.

Applications and more information can be found at the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation web site. You may also call Jennifer Helen at (507)-214-7040 for more information.The deadline to apply is May 15, 2018 and winners will be contacted on May 31.

Paint brands are Clark + Kensington and Valspar.