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 sets aside funding each fiscal year (July 1-June 30) to provide small grants to eligible nonprofit organizations in our service area. The Small Grants Program is an outreach of the Community Impact funding process awarded through United Way of Southwest Minnesota. 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 available amount of grant dollars each year is subject to change.

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 are reviewed and scored by a team of trained, local volunteers who make recommendations regarding funding to the United Way of Southwest Minnesota board of directors.

The following Small Grants were approved for funding in Round I:

Health: Heart2Heart Memory Café Program of the Senior Advocacy Program

This grant will support the Heart2Heart Memory Café Program which unites people facing Alzheimers, Dementia and other memory concerns—both client and caregiver. Funds will support programming, equipment and supplies needed to facilitate program in Granite Falls. Grant Award: $1,000.00

Hunger: Neighbors United Resource Center Food Shelf

This grant will support the purchase of an open air cooler for non-perishable food storage at the Granite Falls food shelf. Grant Award: $5,000.00.

The Round II deadline is January 31st at 5PM with $11,600.00 remaining in the fund. Watch our website for information regarding applications and upcoming grant workshops.