Community Impact Grants

The Community Impact Grant application for 2022-23 funding will open around February 15, 2022
Details below are being updated as they become available, but some are from 2021-22 
For a full list of current program investments,

Statement of Purpose:  

Community Impact Grants are one of the ways United Way of Southwest Minnesota invests donations back into our communities. United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. LIVE UNITED. In southwest Minnesota, we focus on health, education, financial stability, hunger and safety & well-being. Programs awarded funding work to improve the lives of local people in Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Yellow Medicine and portions of Cottonwood, Lac qui Parle, Nobles and Redwood counties in Minnesota.  Trained community volunteers work together to score submitted grant proposals, conduct interviews of applicants, review program goals and anticipated results and then make recommendations to the United Way of Southwest Minnesota Board of Directors for final approval.

The following is for informational purposes only and will be updated prior to the next round of grants which will open in February, 2022.

United Way of Southwest Minnesota will hold grant workshops and demo the online grant platform (no paper submissions will be accepted).  Applicants must attend a free grant workshop in order to apply.  Pre-registration is required for grant workshops (  


As indicated above, programs/organizations applying for a Community Impact Grant must meet specific guidelines, eligibility requirements, operating guidelines, etc. in order to be considered for funding.  It is strongly recommended that anyone considering applying for a Community Impact Grant review the following information in detail prior to starting their grant application to ensure that they qualify and meet all requirements.  Applications that do not meet our requirements will not be reviewed for funding.

1.  COMMUNITY IMPACT GUIDELINES.  This includes:  statement of purpose; eligibility requirements; and basic operating guidelines.
2.  SERVICE AREA.  Funds awarded by UWSWMN can only be used to fund programs that serve individuals living in our service area.
3.  COMMUNITY IMPACT PRIORITIES.  Funds awarded by UWSWMN can only be used to fund programs that fit within at least one of the UWSWMN Community Impact Priority areas.

5.  2022 TIMETABLE.  Includes dates for:  workshops; in-person panel reviews; notification of funding; deadline for acceptance of grant (if awarded); etc.
6.  SCORING MATRIX.  A panel of volunteers will review each submitted application that meets all guidelines and will score it based on the areas noted in this matrix.  They will then meet with representative(s) of the program and score the application based on the information gleaned from the meeting.
7.  SAMPLE PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT.  Any program that is awarded funding will be required to sign this agreement and adhere to its contents.   Note: The details of this agreement are subject to change.