Grants

Economic Development Grants

Key Partners Grants (by invitation only)

Business Assistance: These grants support the delivery of low-cost training and assistance to small businesses and entrepreneurs. Awards are made to the following key partners: Small Business Development Center, The Anderson Center, the Minnesota Cup, Alexandria Technical and Community College and Minnesota State Community and Technical College.

BestForce: Enterprise Minnesota and West Central Initiative both contribute dollars to a grant program used to fund manufacturing training and assistance. Awards are made to key partner, Enterprise Minnesota. Learn more about BestForce.

Asset Building: WCI provides support to key partners who deliver asset building services and supports to low-income individuals. Awards are made to the following key partners: Lakes and Prairies Community Action, Mahube-Otwa Community Action, West Central Minnesota Communities Action and the White Earth Investment Initiative. 

Early Childhood Initiative: Currently, WCI supports 10 local ECI sites, which together cover our entire region. WCI also supports regional work focused on two areas identified across our ECIs as being top priorities - dental care and mental health. Learn more about our Early Childhood Initiative.

Responsive Grants (Open application)

Child Care Capacity: These grants assist nonprofit and governmental child care centers and school-aged child care programs in west central Minnesota in expanding their capacity to better serve working parents. Learn more about our Child Care Capacity grant program.

Workforce Solutions: WCI provides funding to test ideas intended to improve our region’s ability to attract and retain a workforce that possesses the talents needed to strengthen the economy of west central Minnesota. Learn more about Workforce Solutions.