Invitation for Funding


Competitive grants will be awarded to new and existing nonprofit organizations serving the United Way of Central Minnesota’s (UWCM) service area for funding in 2019-2021.

Funding will be awarded within five goal areas:
• Access to Food: Ensure that all people have food to nourish themselves so that no one in our communities goes hungry.
• Financial Stability: Increase financial stability and independence among lower-income or struggling households.
• Homelessness: Reduce the impact of homelessness with a focus on youth and families with children.
• Quality Out of School Time: Every school age youth is engaged in ongoing experiences that build positive life skills and support from caring mentors.
• Early Learning/Early Literacy: Every young child, birth through 3rd grade, reaches their early learning and literacy potential.

Community volunteers, service providers, subject experts, and business leaders will review the applications to determine funding.

The “Intent to Apply” application is due September 15, 2018 and can be found here.

Invitations to submit a full application will be made by October 1, 2018. There will be a required training session for all invited applicants in October. Once invited agencies have completed the training, they will have until December 15, 2018 to complete the full application.

United Way fights for the community’s most pressing issues. By bringing people and organizations together around innovative solutions, we impact thousands of lives every year. “The United Way Board of Directors is determined to ensure there is continued movement in these long-term goals. We have already seen significant results in these areas, but there is still work to be done,” said Melinda Sanders, United Way Board Chair.

The funding model focuses on mobilizing diverse resources and partnerships that go beyond the dollars pledged through the annual campaign. Strategies include roles for advocacy and volunteerism as well as roles for other partners and systems to connect.

The solutions we create around the community go beyond short-term assistance for a few. When United Way helps young children reach their learning potential, it’s not just the students, or even just the families of those students who benefit. Those students now have a much better chance of staying in school, of staying out of trouble with the law, eventually landing a job that pays a livable wage, and of living longer, healthier lives — and that translates into a safer, healthier and more prosperous community for everyone.

“We have provided results in the community for more than 50 years, and we know if the entire
community works together we can continue to make an impact locally for years to come. With the community’s support, we can reach new heights,” explained Sanders.