Small Grants

United Way of Southwest Minnesota (UWSWMN) unites people and resources to improve lives and strengthen communities. As part of our grant funding portfolio, UWSWMN sets 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 UWSWMN Priorities.

The Small Grants Program is an outreach of the Community Impact funding process awarded through United Way of Southwest Minnesota. The available amount of dollars available through Small Grants changes each year. This year (2018-19), $37,525 is available. One-time grants, up to $5,000 will be awarded to organizations aligned with UWSWMN’s priority areas. Deadlines are August 31st and January 31st at 5PM. Late or incomplete submissions will not be accepted. 

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.

GRANT WORKSHOPS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED for those interested in applying for a Small Grant.  The workshop will review the application requirements and process, etc.  Workshop(s) will be held at the United Way of Southwest Minnesota office located at 800 E Main Street, Marshall, MN.  If you plan to attend, please call (507-929-2273) or email ( our office so we know how many people to plan for. One workshop was offered in November.  The next workshop will be held on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 from 3:30-4:45 p.m.  

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 recommendations should go to the board at their February 25, 2019 board meeting.  Notification of grant funding should go out within that week.

To apply, click here.