We offer grants focused on making an impact in our Education Success, Household Stability, and Economic Opportunity areas, in addition to numerous other opportunities to fill a gap or impact a critical issue. United Way funded organizations are chosen from a competitive application process, in order to direct grant funding to the most effective programs in the Twin Cities.
When reviewing proposals from registered 501(c)(3) agencies, volunteers and United Way staff use the following selection criteria:
- Location: Funding is restricted to the 9-county greater Twin Cities area (Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, Ramsey, Scott and western Washington counties)
- Alignment: Programs must be aligned with our organizational priorities of education, housing, food and economic opportunity.
- Impact: Programming must be effective as reflected by evaluation efforts and outcomes
- Clients: Populations served must be at or below 200% of federal poverty guidelines and should encompass people of all backgrounds and abilities
Upcoming Funding Opportunities
Community Investments Request for Proposal
The 2022 - 2025 Community Investments RFP Application period is now closed! Thank you to everyone who applied.
United Way announces its
2022-2025 Community Investments
funding opportunity for nonprofits providing direct services to individuals aligned with United Way's Community Impact strategy in the nine-county metro area.
2022-2025 Community Investments Request for Proposal (RFP) application opens on September 8,
closes on October 14, 2021.
Grants will support work that seeks to disrupt the extent to which income, race or place predict a person's ability to thrive, toward outcomes where:
Episodes of homelessness and food insecurity are rare, brief, and nonrecurring.
All parents have the skills to support their families, children enter kindergarten ready to learn and thrive, and all youth have the skills, mindsets, and relationships to choose and direct their own future success.
All adults enter the workforce prepared for skilled employment and increased wealth.
These outcomes reflect the voices and goals of our community, and we work in partnership with our nonprofit partners, corporate and foundation partners, and donors to achieve them.
Funding under the RFP:
Is flexible, general operating funds with a requirement for grantees to track outcomes over the grant period.
Provides a three-year commitment to fund organizations, with the opportunity to renew grants annually based on nonprofit outcomes and available funding.
In addition to funding, nonprofits will have the opportunity to share their work and story with a large audience of donors and community members, inform United Way's advocacy agenda, participate in networking and field-building groups, and more.
Many community stakeholders provided insight, input and feedback into the Community Investments funding opportunity. Greater Twin Cities United Way would like to extend a special thank you to the Community Advisory Group that helped develop this Request for Proposal.
Dr. Beverly Oliver Hawkins
Dr. Joe Hobot
Alicia C. Lucio
please review the RFP Guidelines carefully, as it provides additional detail that will be helpful in answering application questions.
Download RFP Guidelines
The Community Investments application is now open
and will close on October 14th at 4 pm. Applications must be submitted by the 4 pm deadline via this online portal in order to be considered for funding. Applicants are strongly encouraged to work on their proposal in Microsoft Word before submitting to our online system:
Download the Single Org Document
Download the Partnership Document
Note: If this is your first time accessing the Greater Twin Cities United Way grant portal, please begin by registering for a portal account.
Click here to register. Please work from the Microsoft Word version of the application while we process your request.
Begin Your Application
RFP Information Session:
On September 8, from 1:30-3 pm, we will hosted a virtual information session on the RFP. This session was open to the public and provided a general overview of our strategy, the RFP process, timeline, technical training and the opportunity to ask questions.
To download the slides from the Information Session,
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
See frequently asked questions and answers about the RFP and the application. FAQs are updated weekly.
Review the FAQ
Talk to a United Way Staff Member:
Greater Twin Cities United Way staff will be available throughout the application period to answer questions. To speak to a staff member, click the links below to sign up for a time slot or email us at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Our team is committed to responding to questions within 1-2 business days.
Other Resources: For your reference, we have also created a
glossary of terms as well as a list of benefits of
being a United Way partner.
Portfolio Specific Questions
Carrie Johnson, Early Childhood Education: https://calendly.com/carriezj/rfp-office-hours
Steve Walvig, Career & Future Readiness: https://calendly.com/swalvig
Eva Song Margolis, Economic Opportunity: https://calendly.com/evasongmargolis
Saroeun Earm, Food Security & Housing: https://calendly.com/saroeun
Emma Ramsbottom, Demographics, Outcomes and Reporting: https://calendly.com/eramsbot
IT and Technical Questions:
Our main email inbox is
email@example.com. If you would like to discuss your question via phone, please sign up for a time via the Calendly links above or email the RFP inbox.
RFP Application Opens||
September 8, 2021 at 9 am|
October 14, 2021 at 4 pm|
October – December 2021|
January – February 2022|
July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023|