SWIF: COVID-19 Recovery Nonprofit Capacity Grants

Southwest Initiative Foundation

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Deadline: Jun 4, 2021

Grant amount: US $500 - US $5,000

Fields of work: Community Services

Applicant type: Nonprofit, Government Entity

Funding uses: Training / Capacity Building

Location of project: Counties in Minnesota: Big Stone County, Chippewa County, Cottonwood County, Jackson County, Kandiyohi County Show all

Location of residency: Counties in Minnesota: Big Stone County, Chippewa County, Cottonwood County, Jackson County, Kandiyohi County Show all

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About this funder:



Southwest Initiative Foundation is an independent community foundation supported by individuals, families, businesses, and organizations who want to strengthen southwest Minnesota.

COVID-19 Recovery Nonprofit Capacity Grants

Southwest Initiative Foundation is offering a round of capacity building grants to support the vitality of 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations directly serving our southwest Minnesota people and communities. These capacity building activities are intended to support the nonprofit’s ability to carry out its work as it navigates beyond COVID-19.

Areas of Focus

  • Mission, Vision and Strategy – Activities to strengthen the core planning of an organization in line with its overall purpose. Examples include strategic planning and program evaluation
  • Governance and Leadership – Activities geared toward strengthening equity, fostering leadership and governance. Examples include cultural competency development, succession planning or board training
  • Resource Development – Activities designed to ensure financial stability. Examples include business or financial planning, marketing or fundraising strategy development
  • Internal Operations and Management – Activities contributing to a strong and sound core infrastructure. Examples include staff development, analysis of racially equitable practices or infrastructure including technology. Major capital expenses are excluded
  • Assistance with Core Operations – Filling revenue gaps created by COVID-19’s disruption. Sustainability must be identified

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Must be a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization directly serving southwest Minnesota people and communities
  • 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.
  • Proposals must be submitted by an independent 501(c)(3) organization, a unit of government, religious institution, or educational entity. Entities must be in good community standing.
  • Funding requests between $500 and $5,000 will be considered; matching funds are encouraged.
  • Projects must be completed within 12 months of the grant award date.
  • Only one grant application may be submitted per organization.
  • A final report is due following the grant period.


  • Proposals that are in line with the criteria below will receive priority consideration in our grant review process.
    • Applicant organization meets all eligibility criteria and requirements
    • Applicant organization’s mission and primary programs, services and/or activities strongly align with the Southwest Initiative Foundation’s mission
    •  Projects demonstrate a strong plan for recovery within the areas of focus identified herein
    • Projects successfully fill critical gaps and build for the future to support the long-term sustainability of southwest Minnesota’s nonprofit sector
    • Projects that demonstrate an equitable approach in promoting dignity and belonging as core human values, recognizing that all people deserve the opportunity to reach their full potential
    • Projects demonstrate a sound financial plan and use of resources
    • Projects join with other organizations in unique and impactful ways through collaboration and partnership


  • Ineligible organizations or activities include:
    • Individuals, businesses, or other for-profit organizations
    • Activities that support a specific religion or religious purpose
    • Capital funding, campaigns or endowments
    • Funds for re-granting


This page was last reviewed April 14, 2021 and last updated April 14, 2021