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We depend on strong partnerships with 200+ nonprofits to make the Twin Cities better for all. Are you a nonprofit partner? Visit our Nonprofit Portal to learn more.

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United Way funded programs 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 align with our organizational priorities, Education & Jobs and Safety Net
  • 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

Interested in Funding?

We offer grants focused on making an impact in our Education & Jobs and Safety Net areas, in addition to numerous other opportunities to fill a gap or impact a critical issue. Sign up to hear about new funding opportunities.

Nonprofit Resources

Visit our Nonprofit Portal for information on getting started as a funded partner, see current funding opportunities, or manage your nonprofit’s partnership with United Way. Access resources, submit required reports, and find information about donor designated funds and much more.

Contact our Community Impact Team

Our team is available to answer any questions you may have about current or future funding opportunities. Please send general inquiries to or find direct contact information for one of our program managers.