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Community Impact Accelerator 2020 (closed)

We want to hear your bold ideas

We’re seeking proposals that provide a fresh take on helping solve a persistent community challenge (such as homelessness, hunger and opportunity gaps), benefit from unrestricted project funding and expert consulting, and build equity by promoting just and fair inclusion.

To apply for this opportunity applicants will need access to GTCUW's grants portal. If you don't already have portal access please complete this request form as soon as possible. It can take 2-3 business days for requests to be completed. If you have portal access but don't recall your password you can reset it yourself automatically by selecting "forgot username/password" on the login page.

Eligibility Requirements

This opportunity seeks to support organizations meeting the following criteria:

  • Classified by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.
  • Serving people in at least one of GTCUW’s nine-county metro region.
  • Serving majority individuals currently experiencing poverty, defined as 60% or more of program participants living at or below 200% of the federal poverty guideline at your most recent program enrollment/entrance.
  • Applicants can use a variety of adult or household level proxies for this, including SNAP, AMI, Medical Assistance, MinnesotaCare, free or reduced lunch or other proxies as applicable.
  • Current fiscal year annual operating budget of at least $500,000 and no greater than $5M.
  • Proposed project limited to current GTCUW impact areas:
    • Housing
    • Food Security
    • Economic Opportunity
    • Early Childhood
    • Career & Future Readiness

Application Process and Timeline

United Way, in partnership with Boston Consulting Group, will determine 6-8 semi-finalist organizations. Semi-finalists will present their projects to a panel of 5-7 diverse leaders with a proven track record of community engagement and leadership who will determine three nonprofits that will advance to the finalist round which will occur at Together We Thrive, a United Way community benefit event held at U.S. Bank Stadium on May 7, 2020.

January 6: Applications Open
February 14: Applications Close
Week of March 16: Semi-finalists notified
March 16: Semifinalists Notified
Week of April 6: Semi-finalists present projects to panel and finalists notified
May 7: Project presentations at Together We Thrive Event / winner announced

QUESTIONS? CALL 612-340-7691

The Winner Gets Announced!

The finalists will present their project ideas live, on-stage at Together We Thrive—a United Way community benefit event held at U.S. Bank Stadium on May 7, 2020. Attendees will vote in real-time to determine the project winner and runners-up, who will be announced live at the event.


The Community Impact Accelerator (CIA) was created in partnership by Greater Twin Cities United Way and The Boston Consulting Group (BCG)—a global management consulting firm and the world’s leading advisor on business strategy. The CIA plays an important role in how our community supports new ideas, practices and ways of working toward strengthening outcomes.