West Central Initiative's grants serve to unite ideas and resources to help the people and communities of west central Minnesota create a better tomorrow.

COVID-19 Response

Currently our focus addresses regional needs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As we recover from this event, we are planning to support our region through one single effort called the 2020 Resiliency Fund. 

Supporting our Region

Driven by our strategic priorities and connected to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, our grants are just one of many resources we offer to work with partners in supporting our region's families, communities and businesses.

We help secure or provide funding along with offering staff expertise to improve our region's social and economic viability for the long term. For instance, we:

  • Leverage small business growth and support entrepreneurs through our economic development grants.
  • Help communities address local needs to sustain their economic and social viability with community development grants.
  • Promote philanthropy by bringing residents together around local philanthropic issues.

Perhaps the greatest value we provide is a way for all people to help make their community a better place to live. In many west central Minnesota communities, citizens have joined together to raise funds for local projects by creating charitable funds, called component funds, with WCI. Component funds are, by far, WCI’s largest grant stream.

It Starts with a Conversation

Interested in finding out about WCI’s grants and how they may work for your organization’s project? How about a chat over coffee? Please call Wendy Merrick, director of programs, at 800-735-2239 to plant your idea and who knows, it could fly!

Already received a grant?

We joined more than 700 funders in signing the Council on Foundations' pledge committing to provide grantees with the flexibility they need to respond swiftly and confidently in the midst of this COVI-19 pandemic.