2017-2018 Community Impact Grant Cycle is Open!



The United Way of West Central Minnesota is beginning the Community Impact Grant process for the 2017-2018 funding cycle.  Community Impact grants are how we invest local dollars in our communities to address specific community centered issues. Funding decisions are made through an annual Financial Review and a Volunteer Community Review Day.  Our Community Impact grants are invested in high performing nonprofit organizations that provide programs and services aligned with our strategic impact areas of Education, Health and Basic Needs.

Our funded Partner Programs helps to improve community conditions and create lasting change across west central Minnesota.   Any programs and/or agencies that are interested in applying for funds, that meet the goals with in one or more of the United Way of West Central Minnesota’s impact areas are encouraged to apply.   For more information or to apply please contact James Miller at (320)235-1050 or by e-mail: james@liveunitedwcm.org

The current United Way of West Central Minnesota impact area are;


Making sure that our children come to school prepared to succeed, supporting them through high school, and helping people of all ages gain job skills creates a ripple effect of success throughout our United Way of West Central Minnesota communities.
Aspirations around Education:

  • Prepare children of West Central Minnesota for kindergarten and support learning opportunities for ages 0-6.
  • Every youth (Pre K to 12th grade) engaged in ongoing experiences that build positive life skills and receive the support they need to be successful.
  • Promote education to address adult needs to enhance financial stability and independence.

Health is essential to quality of life. Quality health keeps children on track in school and adults productive at work.
Aspirations around Health:

  • Promote access to affordable and quality physical, mental and dental health care.
  • Promote independent living and quality of life by investing in programs that help older adults and those living with disabilities.
  • Promote access to programs that teach healthy behaviors and promote wellness to prevent future problems.

United Way of West Central Minnesota works hard at building the long-term future and strength of our communities by targeting key areas and conditions that if improved,
will have a profound positive and lasting impact on our region for years to come.
Aspiration around Basic Needs:

  • Supporting agencies that provide building blocks for a good life for individuals and families in West Central Minnesota.



December 15th, 2016 – Community Impact Grant Q&A session, United Way Offices 10:00 am and 3:00 pm
December 19th, 2016 – Community Impact Grant Q&A session, United Way Offices 10:00 am and 3:00 pm
January, 12th, 2017 – Deadline for agencies to submit a copy of information for financial review to United Way of West Central Minnesota


  • Letter of intent
  • 501c3 determination letter
  • By-laws
  • Board of Directors
  • Current Audit if budget is over $750,000
  • Recent Financial Statements
  • Most Recent 990
  • Local Organizational Budget (Last fiscal year)

Agencies will be notified whether they qualify for the application process by February 10th, 2017.
Final Applications are due to the United Way offices by 4:00 pm on March 16th, 2017.
April 6th, 2017 will be the United Way Community Review Day.
Final grant determination will be announced by May 10th, 2017.
More information can be found here.