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

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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 211 resource helpline; Volunteer United; donor-directed gifts; and policy coalitions.

Agencies to receive funding July 1

360 CommunitiesAin Dah Yung Center
American Indian OICAmherst H. Wilder Foundation
Appetite for ChangeAsian Economic Development Association
Athletes Committed to Educating StudentsAvenues for Homeless Youth
AvivoBaby's Space - A Place to Grow
The Banyan CommunityBetter Futures Minnesota
Bolder OptionsBreakthrough Twin Cities
The Bridge for YouthCAPI USA
Casa de EsperanzaCatholic Charities of St Paul and Minneapolis
CEAPCenter for Economic Inclusion
Center for Victims of TortureCentro Tyrone Guzman
Children's Defense Fund - MinnesotaClare Housing
Comunidades Latinas Unidas en ServicioCornerstone Advocacy Services
Division of Indian WorkEast Side Employment xChange
East Side Neighborhood ServicesEmerge Community Development
The Family PartnershipFamily Pathways
FamilyWiseFrogtown Neighborhood Association
Goodwill-Easter Seals MinnesotaGreater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery
Guild IncorporatedHallie Q Brown Community Center
Headway Emotional Health ServicesHope Community
Intercongregation Communities AssociationInternational Institute of Minnesota
Jewish Family & Children's Service of MinneapolisJoyce Preschool
Ka JoogKaren Organization of Minnesota
Keystone Community ServicesKwanzaa Community Church
LifetrackThe Link
Loaves and FishesLutheran Social Service of Minnesota
Merrick Community ServicesMid Minnesota Legal Aid
Minneapolis American Indian CenterMinnesota Alliance with Youth
Minnesota Indian Women's Resource CenterMinnesota Urban Debate League
Model Cities of St. PaulNeighborhood House
NorthPoint Health and Wellness CenterNorthside Achievement Zone
Northside Economic Opportunity NetworkPeople Reaching out to Other People (PROP)
People Serving PeoplePhyllis Wheatley Community Center
Pillsbury United CommunitiesProject for Pride in Living
Project SuccessSaint Paul Promise Neighborhood
The Salvation ArmyScience Museum of Minnesota
Simpson Housing ServicesSolid Ground
Somali Success SchoolSoutheast Asian Refugee Community Home
Southern Minnesota Regional Legal ServicesSouthside Family Nurturing Center
St. David's Child Development & Family ServicesSt. Paul Youth Services
St. Stephen's Human ServicesSummit Academy OIC
Touchstone Mental HealthTubman
Twin Cities RISE!Ujamaa Place
United Cambodian Association of MinnesotaUrban Strategies
Way To GrowWellshare International
Women's AdvocatesYMCA of the Greater Twin Cities
YouthLinkYWCA of Minneapolis
YWCA of St Paul 

About the Author

Greater Twin Cities United Way unites changemakers, advocates for social good and develops solutions to address the challenges no one can solve alone to create a community where all people thrive. Together with our partners, we’re meeting immediate community needs while transforming inequitable systems in the areas of housing, food, education and jobs.


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