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Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits for Health, Education,
Financial Stability, Hunger, and Safety and Wellbeing

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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United Way of Southwest Minnesota (UWSWMN)

Deadline Date:

01/31/18 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $5,000 to Minnesota nonprofit organizations for programs and projects focusing on the areas of health, education, financial stability, hunger, and safety and wellbeing. Funding is intended to provide support for community projects, programs or initiatives in need of a small, one-time grant that aligns with the priority areas outlined further below.

Priority Areas:

Health - Increase healthy behaviors and wellness:
- Achieve a healthier start to life.
- Increase community conditions that support healthy behaviors.
- Promote healthy eating and physical activity.
- Provide and increase access to programs that improve physical, emotional and mental fitness.

Education - Improve life-long learning and development:
- Assure children enter kindergarten developmentally on track in literacy skills, as well as in social, emotional and cognitive skills.
- Prepare elementary-age students to succeed in later grades and to graduate from high school.
- Assist learners in exploring areas of interest and preparing for post-secondary education and/or career.

Financial Stability - Improve financial stability and independence:
- Increase financial literacy skills for youth and adults.
- Help individuals and families move toward financial stability.
- Increase access to education, employment and/or job training.
- Assure community members have resources to overcome disasters and emotional or financial crises.

Hunger - Increase food access, nutritional awareness and outreach:
- Connect people to food support efforts/programs/opportunities.
- Increase access to food and/or nutritious meals for people in need.
- Increase nutritional awareness, food budgeting/stretching and/or basic cooking skills.

Safety and Well-Being - Increase access to services focused on safety and well-being:
- Increase suicide prevention, support, outreach and/or awareness.
- Increase access to services that provide a safe environment free from sexual assault, domestic violence, abuse, bullying and/or crime.
- Provide engagement opportunities for community involvement, service, mentoring and/or youth development.
- Strengthen efforts to create equitable opportunities; increase awareness and engagement in outreach services/programs.

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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174741

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

One-time grants, up to $5,000 will be awarded to organizations aligned with UWSWMN’s priority areas.

Term of Contract:

Funded activities shall commence in a timely manner and expenditures shall cease within one year after receipt of the grant unless an extension is granted by the UWSWMN. Funds not expended shall be returned to UWSWMN.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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 performance and financial responsibility and accountability.
- 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.
- Program must align with the UWSWMN Community Impact Priorities.

Note: Funding will generally not support capital campaigns or event sponsorships.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadlines are August 31st and January 31st at 5PM. Late or incomplete submissions will not be accepted.

Applications must be submitted online (see link in the Contact Information section below). No paper submissions will be accepted.

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.

Please Note: One grant per organization, per fiscal year (July 1-June 30).

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Click here to apply online:

Contact Information:

United Way of Southwest Minnesota
800 E Main St
PO Box 41
Marshall, MN 56258


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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota