Free paint, coatings available through Initiative Foundation, Valspar partnership

During 2014, the Valspar Corporation will again offer nonprofits and communities a chance to apply for free paint and coatings through its “Minnesota Beautiful” partnership with the Initiative Foundation. Applications are due March 3.

Representatives from the Initiative Foundation and Valspar will select eight – 10 restoration or beautification projects to receive 15-20 gallons of paint and/or coatings. Projects will be evaluated based on their visual impact, public benefit, volunteer participation and support, intended use and benefit to the needy.

Projects that may qualify for a grant include historic buildings, community centers, public buildings, facilities for seniors or people with disabilities, murals or other visual impact projects. Ineligible projects include denominational churches, city maintenance, schools (except murals) and privately owned buildings. Projects must take place in one or more of the following counties: Benton, Cass, Chisago, Crow Wing, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd, Wadena or Wright.

“We appreciate Valspar Corporation’s continued support in providing quality coatings and technical assistance to our communities and other nonprofit organizations” said Dan Frank, Initiative Foundation senior program manager for community and economic development and Valspar program administrator for Central Minnesota. “It’s a great partnership that has made a real impact in our region.”

Successful proposals will receive coatings for projects by June. For more information or to apply visit (search word: Valspar) or contact Michelle Kiley at [email protected] or toll-free 1 (877) 632-9255.