Community Impact Grants

The deadline to submit a Community Impact Grant application for 2018-19 funding has closed.
Check out our Small Grant opportunity or check back in February 2019 for information on our 2019-20 grant application timeline.


Statement of Purpose:  
Community Impact grants are one of the ways United Way of Southwest Minnesota invests local dollars in 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 scored 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.

Eligibility Requirements: 
Operate as non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, a public school, a unit of government and/or have a fiscal sponsor. 
Operate under written Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws or other written documents or statutes that define the applicant’s purposes, membership, management and operation.
Operate on a non-discriminatory basis in employment, recruitment of volunteers and delivery of services.
Demonstrate effective program performances and financial responsibility and accountability, including the following:
o For applicants with total budgets of $350,000 or more, UWSWMN requires submission of an independently conducted audit and the accompanying IRS form 990. 
o For applicants with total budgets of less than $350,000, UWSWMN requires an Independent Review. An Independent Review is conducted by someone with financial expertise, not necessarily a CPA, and not associated with the organization and/or UWSWMN. It is recommended that the Independent Review should be signed by the organization board chair, organization executive director, organization board treasurer and financial representative conducting the review. In some cases, appropriate signers may be board/foundation/committee officers. Recommended documentation should include: a statement of activities (profit and loss statement), statement of financial position (balance sheet as of the end of the organization’s fiscal year) and accompanying IRS form 990. If this is considered a hardship for small organizations, please contact the UWSWMN office to discuss special accommodations. 
Operate or provide service within Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Yellow Medicine or portions of Cottonwood, Lac qui Parle, Nobles and/or Redwood counties of Minnesota served by UWSWMN.  Grant funding is only for programs that serve individuals living within the UWSWMN service area. 
Certify that all UWSWMN granted funds and donations will be used in compliance with all applicable anti-terrorist financing and asset control laws, statutes and executive orders.
Use grant funding exclusively for services or activities that align with the UWSWMN Priorities.
Submit a mid-year report, final report and financial statement on or before determined deadlines to UWSWMN.  Failure to do so may result in removal from consideration of future grant opportunities.
The following basic operating guidelines shall apply:
Funds can be requested on a yearly basis and shall be used solely for the granted purpose.  Funded activities shall commence in a timely manner. Grant funds not expended shall be returned to UWSWMN.
No grant will be given for any purpose that would jeopardize the tax-exempt status of the UWSWMN or the applicant organization.
All grant applications will be reviewed by a team of community volunteers who will make a recommendation on proposed funding to the UWSWMN Board of Directors.
All grants shall be approved by the Board of Directors of UWSWMN upon recommendations from the Community Investment Committee following a review/formal hearing.  The amount of any grant will depend upon individual program requests and the need as determined by the Board of Directors of UWSWMN. Funding requests may be denied without a hearing or onsite visit.
Organizations will receive written notification of the Board’s decision by July 1.
Grant recipients shall sign and follow the annual community partner agreement with UWSWMN.
Grant recipients shall conspicuously acknowledge UWSWMN in all promotional materials, activities and programs funded with UWSWMN grants.  Please share digital pictures and/or copies of news releases with UWSWMN in a timely manner.