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Grants to Minnesota Agencies, Nonprofits, and Educational
Entities to Benefit the Community in Eligible Counties

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Southwest Initiative Foundation

Deadline Date:

07/01/20 5:00 PM

Description:

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Grants of up to $5,000 to Minnesota units of government, nonprofit organizations, religious institutions, and educational entities for projects that benefit the community in eligible counties. Focus areas include inclusive communities, family stability, workforce development, early childhood learning and development, and children in grades K-12. All proposals must demonstrate a benefit within one or more of the following 18 counties in southwest Minnesota: Big Stone, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Swift and Yellow Medicine; or the Upper Sioux Community or Lower Sioux Indian Community.

The Southwest Initiative Foundation is a regional champion and inclusive partner committed to prosperity for all southwest Minnesota kids and the communities they call home. The outcome of this work is the achievement of economic mobility: the collective ambition that all people attain a reasonable standard of living, with the dignity that comes from having power over their lives and being engaged in and valued by their community.

Areas of Focus:

  • Early Learning and Development
  • Stable Families
  • K-12 Years
  • Vibrant and Welcoming Communities
  • Pathways to Meaningful Work

Funding Priorities:

Proposals that are in line with the criteria below will receive priority consideration

  • Applicant organization meets all eligibility criteria and any other requirements specified in the RFP
  • Applicant organization’s mission and primary programs, services and/or activities strongly align with the Southwest Initiative Foundation’s mission
  • Impact — projects that demonstrate an overall impact within Southwest Initiative Foundation’s 18 county region through an evidence-based approach
  • Collaboration/partnership — projects that work with other organizations in unique and impactful ways
  • Community need — projects that successfully address an identified need and/or opportunity
  • Measurable results — projects that can show quantitative results in this grant’s areas of focus
  • Asset-based approaches — projects that maximize the strengths, talents and resources of the local community
  • Replicability – projects that can easily be replicated throughout the SWIF region

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 188491

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding requests of up to $5,000 will be considered.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed within 12 months of the grant award date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Proposals must be submitted by an independent 501(c)(3) organization, a unit of government, religious institution, or educational entity.

All proposals must demonstrate a benefit within one or more of the following 18 counties in southwest Minnesota: Big Stone, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Swift and Yellow Medicine; or the Upper Sioux Community or Lower Sioux Indian Community.

Grant Exclusions - Ineligible organizations or activities include:
- Individuals, businesses, or other for-profit organizations
- General operating expenses or specific religious purposes
- Capital funding, campaigns or endowments
- Funds for re-granting

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on July 1, 2020.

Contact Information:

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

Application: https://swifoundation.tfaforms.net/4762009

Questions can be directed to Nancy Fasching at 320-484-9104 or nancyf@swifoundation.org.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota: The following 18 counties in southwest Minnesota: Big Stone, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Swift and Yellow Medicine

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