West Central Initiative focuses its programs on improving west central Minnesota’s social and economic viability for the long term. WCI uses its funding resources to work with partners to help families, communities and businesses in our region thrive.

WCI provides or helps secure funding in order to:

  • Leverage business development and advance a skilled workforce.
  • Assist communities and the greater region in developing the capacities necessary to address priority needs and sustain their economic and social viability.
  • Foster an environment for creating, attracting and retaining a skilled workforce through efforts such as our Early Childhood Initiative.

Our grant resources help us work with key partnerships in order to help families and communities in west central Minnesota thrive. In particular, WCI focuses on the areas of community development and economic development. At this time, our open grant funding is limited to our childcare capacity grant program, Workforce Solutions program and Community Change Makers program.

To learn more about our programs, contact Wendy Merrick, Director of Programs, at or 800 735-2239.

We also provide loan financing for business start-up and expansion in the region. For more information: