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CLOSED: Greater Twin Cities COVID 19 Response and Recovery Fund (2020)

Greater Twin Cities COVID-19 Response & Recovery Fund  

As an organization that seeks to disrupt inequity and foster a region where all thrive, regardless of income, race and place, our greatest concern during the COVID-19 crisis is the likelihood of disproportionate impact on those already experiencing the greatest disparities. 

The COVID-19 pandemic will have a long-term impact on individuals, the nonprofit community and our overall economy. As a result, we have developed a phased funding strategy to both address immediate needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic and support recovery in the longer-term.  

This current wave of  GTCUW COVID-19 funding, which will be determined via an open RFP, is directed at supporting nonprofit organizations and partnerships expanding current services, and/or finding new and creative ways to carry out services and support their clients’ emergency needs.  


A minimum of $400,000 will be disbursed as part of this funding wave. 

The application for funds will open on April 8, 2020 and close on April 22, 2020 at 5:00pm.

Eligible Focus Areas Include:   

  • Organizations that have expanded the reach of existing services to support people's immediate needs during the pandemic. 
  • Organizations that have pivoted, changed or started new services to support people’s immediate needs during the pandemic. 
  • Partnerships that are working in collaboration to expand their reach into the community to support more people‘s immediate needs during the pandemic. 


Please see here for detail on GTCUW definition of immediate needs under this RFP.Greater Twin Cities COVID-19 Fund RFP FAQ Document FINAL.pdf 


  • Individual applicants must be direct service nonprofits. Partnership applications must include at least one direct service organization. 
  • 501(c)3 status. 
  • Geographic service area within 9-county metro region (Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, Ramsey, Scott and western Washington counties). 
  • Serve majority of individuals at 200% or below of the Federal Poverty Level. 
  • Organization’s work aligns with at least ONE of GTCUW's long-term outcomes of housing stability, food stability, early childhood education, economic opportunity, and career & future readiness. See GTCUW Impact Area Long Term Outcomes.pdf.
  • Current fiscal year organizational budget a minimum of $250,000. There is no eligibility upward limit on annual budget size.
  • Received an unqualified opinion on the organization or fiscal sponsor’s most recent audit report. 
We encourage all organizations working to support people's immediate needs that meet these eligibility criteria to apply. Organizations that may have received prior Greater Twin Cities United Way COVID-19 grants in earlier funding waves are eligible to apply.

Priority for Funding: 

All organizations that fit the eligibility requirements listed above are welcome to apply and will be considered for funding. Priority for funding will be toward nonprofits with unique capabilities to serve vulnerable populations. The following types of organizations will receive priority under this grant opportunity:

  • Organizations that serve 50% or more Black, Indigenous or People of Color (BIPOC).
  • Organizations that serve a high proportion of individuals at 200% poverty or below of the Federal Poverty Level.
  • Organizations with a strong focus on those most vulnerable to COVID-19 as defined by the Center for Disease Control & Prevention: older adults (ages 65+), individuals with asthma, HIV or other severe illness.
  • Small or medium organizations, defined by GTCUW as organizations with an annual budget between $250,000 - $3,000,000. 


  • Application will open on April 8, 2020.  
  • Application will close at 5:00pm (CST) on April 22, 2020. 
  • If applying as a singular organization, we anticipate the average grant size to be $10,000. 
  • If applying as a partnership, we anticipate the average grant size to be $50,000. 
  • Decisions will be communicated by May 13, 2020. 
  • Dollars granted are to be used within a six-month period from the date funding is awarded. We will ask for reporting in November 2020. This will include narrative or qualitative information on how funds were used and impacted your organization and estimated reach of the funds in your supporting work. We will ask for reporting in November 2020. This will include narrative or qualitative information on how funds were used and impacted your organization and estimated reach of the funds in supporting your work.  

Additional FAQs: 

Please see our attachment for additional FAQs. Greater Twin Cities COVID-19 Fund RFP FAQ Document FINAL.pdf 

PLEASE NOTE: You must enter all responses into the online application in one sitting. You are NOT able to save your work in the online form. We strongly recommend using this Word version of the application to draft your responses and enter in one sitting. 

You can download a preview of our online application hereGrant Application_Word Version .docx

All submissions are considered final. Due to the anticipated quantity of applications, you will not be able to change your responses after you submit.