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Apply For a Grant

The following information may be useful if you are thinking about applying for a grant in 2020. Application materials will be added to this page as we get closer to grant application season.

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

Learn more about our mission and our currently funded programs.

Key Dates at a Glance: 2020

  • 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

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 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 may apply. Past 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 apply.

Diversity/Anti-discrimination Policy

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

Allocation Panels

We ask that 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 their proposal in late April or the first week of May. Final dates will be posted as they are available. We will schedule the panels by early April so you can plan ahead.