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Apply For a Grant

Our 2020 grant season is now closed.

The information below may be helpful as you consider whether to apply for a grant in 2021. The application season will open on or around February 1.

Scam alert: United Way does not make grants to individuals. No one from United Way will ever contact an individual, unsolicited, with a grant offer. United Ways will never request social media login information or any personal data (driver's license, bank information, etc.) as part of an organization's grant application process. Learn more here >

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

Our Objectives

Rice County Area United Way seeks to improve quality of life in the communities we serve through effective programs in:

  • Education
  • Health
  • Financial Stability (including Basic Needs)

Learn more about our mission and our currently funded programs.

Organizations and Grants We Consider

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 our 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

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.

We give priority consideration to programs that serve the greatest need and help the greatest number of community members in our areas of focus. We look for applicants to demonstrate how their programs serve those in need and solve problems in our community.

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.

We Will Not Consider Grants For:

  • 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.

Diversity Policy

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.

Allocation Panels

We will ask each applicant to be available for questions from our allocation panels. Please be sure someone at a top level can meet for 15 to 20 minutes to present your proposal in late April or early May. Final dates will be posted as they are available. We will schedule the panels by early April so you can plan ahead.