Small Grants

The United Way of Southwest Minnesota (UWSWMN) unites people and resources to improve lives and strengthen communities. As part of our grant funding portfolio, UWSWMN has set aside funding for use during each fiscal year (July 1-June 30) to provide small grants to eligible nonprofit organizations in our service area. The intent of the Small Grants Program is to provide support for community projects, programs or initiatives in need of a small, one-time grant that aligns with the UWSWMN Priorities.

The Small Grants Program is an outreach of the Community Impact funding process and replaces Special Community Projects Grants previously awarded through United Way of Southwest Minnesota. The available amount of grant dollars each year is subject to change. In 2016-17 $20,472 was available. One-time grants, up to $5000 were awarded to organizations aligned with UWSWMN’s priority area.   Both deadlines have passed for the 2016-17 Small Grants rounds. The next deadlines for grant applications will be August 31, 2017 and January 31, 2018.

Late or incomplete submissions will not be accepted. UWSWMN may hold informational sessions about this grant opportunity.  The sessions are not mandatory, but should serve as helpful to potential applicants. RSVP’s are required for planning purposes by emailing or by calling 507-929-2273.

United Way of Southwest Minnesota Small Grants can be used for projects such as: program work including planning, training and/or development; organizational capacity building including strategic planning, governance and other types of organizational planning and/or development activities; community and/or human service work that includes volunteer participation or emerging or unmet needs; and/or to support innovative solutions to local issues.

Small Grant applications will be reviewed by a team of trained, local volunteers who will make recommendations regarding funding to the United Way of Southwest Minnesota board of directors. Funding guidelines, eligibility requirements and application materials can be accessed here.

United Way of Southwest Minnesota is an autonomous, local organization working to create lasting change in people’s lives and the communities we serve in
Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Yellow Medicine, and portions of Cottonwood, Lac qui Parle, Nobles and Redwood counties of Minnesota.

Click here for a copy of the Small Grants Final Report Form.  Grant recipients shall submit a project performance report and financial statement indicating actual use and the results of Small Grants funds within thirty days of completion of project/program end date.  Failure to do so may result in removal from consideration of future grant opportunities.