United Way of Mower County Grant Process

  1. Any non-profit organization under the Internal Revenue Code of the United States, whether it be a local, state or national organizations, and which renders a significant service to the community of the Austin area and Mower County, Minnesota shall annually be eligible to apply for funds from United Way of Mower County, Inc.  In order to be considered for funding such organization shall provide United Way of Mower County, Inc., with appropriate certifications and other documentation showing its continued compliance with the non-profit organization laws, tax exempt status laws and regulations, and charitable organization laws and regulations of the appropriate governmental agencies.
  2. Only organizations who serve local needs will be considered.
  3. Each agency requesting funds must complete an application for funding.

If you are a new program applying for funding YOU MUST submit a New Program Application to ensure that the program fits under one of United Way’s four impact areas (Education, Income, Health, or Basic Needs) and meets other requirements for funding.   

Organizations applying through the new program process must submit an on-line application for new program funding no later than December 9th, 2016 at 4:00PM. If your program is approved you have until Feb 3rd, 2017 at 4:00PM to submit a full application.

After December 9th, 2016 you may apply for funding through the United Way of Mower County only if you have an existing program through United Way.  These grant applications are due to United Way no later than February 3rd, 2017 at 4:00pm.

Grant Application


2017 Community Investment Timeline 

February 3, 2017 by 4:00pm 2017 Application Deadline
February 13-March 23, 2017 Community Investment Panel Meetings
April 3, 2017 2017 Award Notifications

Community Investment Volunteers

Community Investment volunteers are essential to the work of the United Way. United Way staff and board do not determine funding for programs. United Way donors make all funding decisions.  We are looking for dedicated individuals who would like to volunteer their time and talents by serving on Community Investment Panels.

Panel details:

  • You must be a current donor to United Way of Mower County
  • There are 4 investment panels: Education, Income, Health and Basic Needs
  • Volunteers will meet approximately 4 times
  • Investment panel meetings are held in the evening (4pm-7pm generally)
  • Volunteers average about 10 total hours on panels
  • Panels generally meet the first 2-3 weeks of March

Community Investment Panels are tasked with directing resources and funding to programs under the Agenda For Change. Volunteers will receive copies of all grant applications under the goal area they are reviewing. In addition to the applications, volunteers will hear a brief report from program directors at the start of their panel meeting.

If you are interested in learning more about the process and how you can volunteer please contact Diane Baker at (507) 437-2313 or