Grantmaking is a key role of community foundations like Southwest Initiative Foundation.
Most of our grants are awarded through our more than 120 fund partners, which have their own grant application guidelines. If you have a fund in your area, it may be a resource for you.
We can award grants to nonprofit organizations, schools, government agencies and projects that use one of these entities as a fiscal partner. We don’t award grants to individuals or to start a business. Instead, entrepreneurs can talk to our loan team. If the business plan seems like it could be a fit for Southwest Initiative Foundation, our loan team will help you apply for financing.Fill out the grant pre-application questionnaire
Emergency Child Care Grant Program
UPDATE (March 30): Due to an overwhelming response, our Emergency Child Care Grant application is currently closed. For those providers who have already applied, we will notify you within the next two weeks to let you know whether or not you’ve been awarded a grant.
Grow Our Own Responsive Grants
Southwest Initiative Foundation is offering Grow Our Own responsive grants to support nonprofits directly serving southwest Minnesota communities for work related to Grow Our Own. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the deadline to apply for this grant has been extended to July 1, 2020 at 5 p.m. For grant guidelines and application details, download the request for proposals below.