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United Way Announces $14M in Grants to Create Region Where Everyone Thrives

Greater Twin Cities United Way announced today that it is awarding $14 million in grants 95 local nonprofits starting July 1. These operating grants, made possible by thousands of generous donors, will fund holistic solutions and innovative ideas to disrupt inequity in the areas of educational success, household stability and economic opportunity for people experiencing poverty in the Twin Cities region.

“The difference in how people fare in our region depending on one’s income, race or zip code is well documented,” said Acooa Ellis, senior vice president of Community Impact at United Way.

“These disparities are not inevitable. United Way’s approach to equity includes a focused, intentional effort to move our region beyond what we’ve always done. We’re looking forward to building on what we’ve learned through our more than 100-year history of service and expertise, working in close partnership with nonprofit leaders who have a deep understanding of community needs and a strong track record of success.”

The new grants focus on:

  • ending homelessness and hunger.
  • ensuring children meet critical developmental milestones which prepare them for kindergarten and to direct their futures.
  • helping adults earn family-sustaining wages and increase their wealth.

United Way invited the community to participate in the grant-making process through its Community Advisors Council. The 23-member Council scored proposals and conducted site visits.

In addition to the $14 million in multi-year grants, United Way will invest in the community through programs such as Career Academies and Full Lives; United Way’s 2-1-1 resource helpline; Volunteer United; donor-directed gifts; and policy coalitions.


Agencies to receive funding July 1

360 Communities Ain Dah Yung Center
American Indian OIC Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
Appetite for Change Asian Economic Development Association
Athletes Committed to Educating Students Avenues for Homeless Youth
Avivo Baby’s Space – A Place to Grow
The Banyan Community Better Futures Minnesota
Bolder Options Breakthrough Twin Cities
The Bridge for Youth CAPI USA
Casa de Esperanza Catholic Charities of St Paul and Minneapolis
CEAP Center for Economic Inclusion
Center for Victims of Torture Centro Tyrone Guzman
Children’s Defense Fund – Minnesota Clare Housing
Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio Cornerstone Advocacy Services
Division of Indian Work East Side Employment xChange
East Side Neighborhood Services Emerge Community Development
The Family Partnership Family Pathways
FamilyWise Frogtown Neighborhood Association
Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery
Guild Incorporated Hallie Q Brown Community Center
Headway Emotional Health Services Hope Community
Intercongregation Communities Association International Institute of Minnesota
Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Minneapolis Joyce Preschool
Ka Joog Karen Organization of Minnesota
Keystone Community Services Kwanzaa Community Church
Lifetrack The Link
Loaves and Fishes Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota
Merrick Community Services Mid Minnesota Legal Aid
Minneapolis American Indian Center Minnesota Alliance with Youth
Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center Minnesota Urban Debate League
Model Cities of St. Paul Neighborhood House
NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center Northside Achievement Zone
Northside Economic Opportunity Network People Reaching out to Other People (PROP)
People Serving People Phyllis Wheatley Community Center
Pillsbury United Communities Project for Pride in Living
Project Success Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood
The Salvation Army Science Museum of Minnesota
Simpson Housing Services Solid Ground
Somali Success School Southeast Asian Refugee Community Home
Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services Southside Family Nurturing Center
St. David’s Child Development & Family Services St. Paul Youth Services
St. Stephen’s Human Services Summit Academy OIC
Touchstone Mental Health Tubman
Twin Cities RISE! Ujamaa Place
United Cambodian Association of Minnesota Urban Strategies
Way To Grow Wellshare International
Women’s Advocates YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities
YouthLink YWCA of Minneapolis
YWCA of St Paul

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