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 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 grant dollars each year is subject to change. This year $33,000 is available. One-time grants, up to $5000 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. UWSWMN will hold workshops for Small Grants and demo the new online grant platform (no paper submissions will be accepted) on Wednesday, July 19th at 9AM and Monday, August 7th at 3PM. RSVP’s are required for planning purposes by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 507-929-2273. Workshops are free and will be held at the United Way office located at 800 East Main Street, Marshall.
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.