HUTCHINSON, Minn. — Southwest Initiative Foundation (SWIF) is offering Grow Our Own grants to support nonprofits directly serving southwest Minnesota communities for work related to Grow Our Own. Funding requests of up to $5,000 will be considered, and projects must be completed within 12 months of the grant award date.
Areas of focus for funding are:
- Early learning and development
- Stable families
- K-12 years
- Vibrant and welcoming communities
- Pathways to meaningful work
SWIF 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.
All Grow Our Own grant 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.
Questions can be directed to Nancy at (320) 484-9104 or [email protected].
About Southwest Initiative Foundation
Southwest Initiative Foundation is a nonprofit community foundation connecting people, investing in ideas and building communities to create a southwest Minnesota where all people thrive. Since its founding in 1986, SWIF has distributed more than $82 million through its grantmaking and business finance programs.