311 4th St SW, PO Box 895, Willmar, Minnesota 56201
(320) 235-1050

Quarter One 2022 Grants

The United Way of West Central Minnesota (UWWCM) unites people and resources to improve lives and strengthen communities in the Willmar Area and across west-central Minnesota. As part of our grant funding portfolios, UWWCM has set aside funding for use during the fiscal year (July 1 through June 30) to provide small grants to eligible nonprofit organizations in our service area.

The United Way’s quarterly grant funding process for Q1 2022 is now open and will close at 4:00 PM on Thursday, March 31st, 2022.

To better align with changing community needs the amount of grant dollars and the area of community focus is subject to change each quarter.

The total available grant funding pool for this quarter is $75,000.  Grants will be awarded to organizations aligned with UWWCM current priority areas Education, Health, and Basic Needs, with Basic Needs funding opportunities being our Q1 2022 main focus.

Allowable Uses of Funding:
Grant allocations can be used for projects such as:
• Emerging or unmet needs and/or to support innovative solutions to local issues.
• 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.

Funding Guidelines:
• Grant of up to $75,000 are available for qualified projects.
• One grant per organization, per fiscal year (July 1 – June 30). Not to exceed 3 consecutive years.
• Funding will support programs, projects, or initiatives that have clear alignment to the UWWCM quarterly priorities and serve people within the UWWCM service areas.
• Funding may not support capital campaigns, event sponsorships, or marketing.
• Projects awarded funding are not eligible for additional funding through UWWCM during the same fiscal year.
Eligibility Requirements:
• Operate as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, a public school, a unit of government, and/or have a fiscal sponsor.
• Operate underwritten 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 Kandiyohi, Meeker, Renville, Chippewa, and Swift counties of Minnesota served by UWWCM. Grant funding is only for programs that serve individuals living within the UWWCM service area.
• Program must align with the UWWCM quarterly grant priorities.

Operating Guidelines:
• Funds shall be used solely for the granted purpose.
• 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 UWWCM. Funds not expended shall be returned to UWWCM.
• All grants shall be approved by the Board of Directors of UWWCM upon recommendations from the Community Investments Committee following an application review. The amount of any grant will depend upon individual program requests and the need as determined by the UWWCM board of directors and its grant Committee. Funding requests may be denied without a hearing, appeal, or onsite visit.
• No grants will be given for any purpose that would jeopardize the tax-exempt status of the UWWCM or the applicant organization.
• Grant recipients shall acknowledge UWWCM in all promotional materials, activities and programs funded. Logos will be provided.
• Grant recipients shall submit a project performance report and a financial statement indicating actual use and the results of grant funds within 60 days of completion of project/program end date. Failure to do so may result in removal from consideration of future grant opportunities.

Click here to download the application.

Contact Information:
For questions about this application, please contact United Way of West Central Minnesota.

Kevin Dietrich, Executive Director United Way of West Central Minnesota
(320) 235-1050, kevin@liveunitedwcm.org