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Rice County Area United Way Grant

Grants to Minnesota Nonprofits and Agencies in Eligible
Regions for Health, Education, and Financial Stability

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Rice County Area United Way

Deadline Date:

03/16/20 4:00 PM - Hand Delivery or Postmarked by Date; 11:59 PM for Electronic Submission.


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Grants to Minnesota nonprofit organizations and government agencies in eligible regions to enhance the quality of life for local residents. Funding is intended to support programs and services in the areas of health, education, and financial stability. Grants may also be used to cover operating expenses of eligible organizations. Applicants must serve Rice County Area United Way's service area.

Applicants should address a demonstrated need, explain how the organization or program helps solve the need and how it measures results, and quantify the organization’s success. Rice County Area United Way will consider quantifiable outcomes, not simply activities when reviewing applications.

Priority consideration will be given to programs that serve the greatest need and help the greatest number of community members in the above areas of focus. It looks for applicants to demonstrate how their programs serve those in need and solve problems in the community.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 140643

Term of Contract:

The grant period is July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations or governmental units performing service in the areas of health, human services, or education will be considered for grants. Grants may be given to support an organization's operations and/or active programs providing direct services to those in need during the fiscal year (July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021) within the service areas and ZIP codes:
- Dennison, 55018
- Dundas, 55019
- Faribault, 55021
- Kilkenny, 56052
- Lonsdale, 55046
- Montgomery, 56069
- Morristown, 55052
- Nerstrand, 55053
- Northfield, 55057
- Warsaw, 55087
- Webster, 55088

Organizations that have not received funding from the United Way in the past are welcome to apply. Past United Way grants are no guarantee of future funding.

Rice County Area United Way requires an official, board-approved diversity policy from organizations with each grant application. Applications without a diversity policy will not be considered.

Not funded:
- Capital projects
- Endowments
- Organizations that espouse political or religious advocacy as part of their services
- Organizations that engage in significant fundraising activity during one month of the annual United Way Campaign (Oct. 1-31). Certain exceptions may apply.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals will be accepted until Monday, March 16. Proposals must be submitted both by mail or hand delivery and by upload via an emailed link. Hard copies must be postmarked or hand-delivered by the deadline date.

- February 1: Grant application materials go online
- March 16: Applications are due
- Late April or first week of May: Grant allocation panels meet (applicants attend one panel)
- Mid to late May: Notice of grant decision
- July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021: Grant period

Please be sure someone at a top-level can meet for 15 to 20 minutes to present your proposal in late April or the first week of May. Final dates will be posted as they are available.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Mail your grant application by March 16 to:

Rice County Area United Way
P.O. Box 56
Northfield, MN 55057

Alternatively, the hard copy may be hand-delivered to the Rice County Area United Way office at 1651 Jefferson Parkway, Suite HS-122, Northfield, no later than 4:00 PM on March 16. Please call ahead (507-664-3510) to ensure that someone will be available to accept your application packet.

Please request your upload link no later than Thursday, March 12, by emailing Please do not wait until the last minute.

If you have any questions, please contact Penny Hillemann at or (507) 664-3510.

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USA: Minnesota: Dennison, Dundas, Faribault, Kilkenny, Lonsdale, Montgomery, Morristown, Nerstrand, Northfield, Warsaw, Webster

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