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Equity Accelerator (closed)

The Equity Accelerator RFP is now open! This project seeks to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations that support diverse communities statewide. Greater Twin Cities United Way (GTCUW) will select up to eight Minnesota nonprofits through a 3-month competitive Request for Proposal (RFP) process. Eligible sub-grantees will have annual operating budgets of between $250,000 and $3 million and offer workforce development services to people of color and/or American Indians who live at or below 200% of poverty.

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.

GTCUW will provide technical support and financial assistance over 17 months that is intended to deepen sub-grantees' understanding of traditional workforce systems, help them incorporate evidence-based practices into their programs and build their capacity through organizational assessment, strategic planning, partnership development, data management, and/or grant writing. Each grantee will be eligible for up to $75,000 in general operating grants that will be used to support their capacity to deliver high-quality programs. This program is made possible through an investment by the Minnesota Legislature, and the MN Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

The Equity Accelerator RFP will have two parts;

  1. Any eligible organization is welcome to apply during Part I (August 14, 2018 - August 30, 2018)
  2. Up to 12 finalists will be selected to move forward and complete Part II of the RFP in September.

Up to eight organizations will be selected after the review of Part II - the program is slated to begin in January 2019 and will conclude in June 2020.


  • Organizations with 501(c)(3) nonprofit status in Minnesota
  • Current annual operating budget between $250,000 - $3,000,000
  • Providing workforce development programs (job search assistance, employment training, etc.)
  • Serving racial, cultural, and/or ethnic communities experiencing inequity

If you have questions about this opportunity, please contact Rachel Speck or 612-340-7651.