Community Impact Grants

The deadline to submit a Community Impact Grant application for 2019-20 funding is April 1, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. 
NO EXTENSIONS WILL BE GIVEN.  THE GRANT PORTAL IS NOW LIVE.  

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.

ATTENDANCE AT A SPRING, 2019 COMMUNITY IMPACT GRANT WORKSHOP IS REQUIRED
for those applying for a Community Impact Grant 2019-20. 

At each workshop the application requirements, grant portal, timeline, as well as expectations of those who are awarded funding, will all be reviewed.  Workshop(s) will be held at the Marshall-Lyon County Library located at 201 C Street, Marshall, MN.  Please contact us to reserve your spot at one of the workshops:  507-929-2273 or unitedway@unitedwayswmn.org. Workshops are scheduled for the following dates and times:

Wednesday, February 20, 2019             CANCELLED
Monday, March 4, 2019                         1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 14, 2019                     2:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.       

Tuesday, March 19, 2019                        10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at UWSWMN Office

INFORMATION TO REVIEW PRIOR TO APPLYING FOR A COMMUNITY IMPACT GRANT

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.

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.
4.  2019 TIMETABLE.  Includes dates for:  workshops; in-person panel reviews; notification of funding; deadline for acceptance of grant (if awarded); etc.
5.  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.
6.  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. 

After reviewing each of these items, if you would like to apply for a Community Impact Grant, CLICK HERE to go to the UWSWMN grant portal.