2024 Basic Needs Community Investment Grant

United Way of Goodhue Wabasha & Pierce Counties (UW-GWP)

announces its

2024 Community Investment Basic Needs Request for Proposal (RFP)

for nonprofits providing direct services aligned with UW-GWP's Basic Needs Goal

OPENS on December 19, 2023 and CLOSES on February 2, 2024

About United Way

To improve people's lives by mobilizing the caring power of our communities.

United Way fights for the health, education, and basic needs/economic mobility of every person in every community. We win by living united, by forging unlikely partnerships, by finding new solutions to old problems, by mobilizing the best resources, and inspiring individuals to join the fight against a common foe: each community's most daunting social crises.

United Way believes that every person is entitled to be treated with dignity and respect - this includes equal treatment and access to justice. Recent events involving violence and threats against African Americans expose our society's underlying racism, prejudice and privilege that prevent too many people from being treated with the humanity and respect they deserve. These incidents are abhorrent and run counter to everything that United Way, its volunteers, and professionals' value, live and fight for every day.

All people of all backgrounds and identities must call out discrimination and demand its removal from our society; otherwise, we are endorsing the status quo and are complicit in the abuses that follow.

We must all do our part, working United, to make our communities the places that we need them to be - equitable, respectful, and opportunity-filled. We, as a society, can and must do better to guarantee that the basic human rights and freedoms of every person in every community are protected.

Focus Area - Basic Needs

Each individual of our community deserves to have their basic needs met. Our community will flourish when all of our residents have access to healthy food, a stable place to call home and they have access to basic needs and economic resources. We are committed to more than short-term charity for a few; we are committed to lasting solutions that build opportunity for all.

Goal: Ensuring the basic needs of our community are met (including food, housing, transportation, safety, financial stability, and equitable access to resources).

Funding under this RFP:

  • Provides flexible, general operating funds with a requirement for grantees to track outcomes over the grant period.
  • Provides an annual grant with an option to renew funding for up to three years based on program outcomes and available funding.
  • Provides grant partners the opportunity to share their work and story with a large audience of donors and community members, inform United Way's advocacy agenda, participate in networking, and more.

Volunteer community stakeholders provided insight, input and feedback into the Community Investments funding process. United Way of Goodhue, Wabasha & Pierce Counties would like to extend a special thank you to the Community Investment Advisory Committee that helped develop this Request for Proposal.

Request for Proposal Guidelines

Summary: United Way of Goodhue Wabasha & Pierce Counties seeks to award grants to organizations that meet the requirements of this Request for Proposal.

Applicants new to the UW-GWP process should verify that the program applying for funding is eligible for funds by calling the United Way office at 651-388-6309.


If you would like to download a PDF version please click here.

Key Dates for Applicants:

  • Application Opens: December 19, 2023
  • Applications Due: February 2, 2024, at 4:00pm - No late applications will be accepted.
  • Site Visits Conducted: February 6th-17th, 2024
  • Notification of Final Decision: March 27-29, 2024
  • Grant Term Begins: April 1, 2024

For more information contact: teamunited@unitedwaygwp.org or call 651-388-6309

United Way of Goodhue Wabasha & Pierce Counties exists to fuel lasting change toward our vision of a community where all people thrive regardless of income, race, or place. Our mission is to improve people's lives by mobilizing the caring power of our communities.

This Request for Proposal (RFP) seeks to fund programs advancing greater racial equity in health access and outcomes through direct services that align with the goals set forth by our board of directors.

Specifically, the RFP will prioritize programs led by organizations that hold a clear vision for a more equitable and just future for those they support. Programs working toward prevention of health inequities may be given funding priority.

Funding Opportunity Overview

  • United Way-GWP will provide up to 3 consecutive annual grants for programs working within our service area in our Focus Area of Health. Grant amounts may vary year to year based on available UW-GWP funds.
  • Renewal of grants is based on a review of each programs' required year-end report and compliance with the terms of the signed grant agreement. A standard grant agreement will be available on our website with all grant information and forms. Please review agreement form HERE prior to applying for funding. 
  • Grants are unrestricted, general operating funds with a requirement for grantees to track outcomes over the grant period. Grant funds may not be used for lobbying and capitol improvements.
  • Organizations that are awarded grant funding will report annually on required and grantee-determined outcomes that illustrate impact and progress over time toward UW-GWP goals.
  • Grant awards will be no more than 50% of the program's budget.
  • Grant awards will be dependent on the total funds available and total number of applicants. In the past funding cycles, the majority of grants awarded ranged from $5000 to $20,000 annually.

Organization Eligibility Requirements

  • The organization must be 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations OR a fiscally sponsored group by an organization that is classified as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization a government organization, educational institution or faith-based organization that offers programs or services to the public and do not restrict access to their program based on religious affiliation or require participation in religious activities.
  • The organization must be able to demonstrate a commitment to non-discrimination, diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the organization (employees, volunteers, board of directors, clientele, etc.).
  • Organizations required to complete an audit, the most recent audit opinion is not qualified and free of material weaknesses. For any special considerations related to these criteria, please contact us to determine your eligibility.
  • Eligible organizations must also comply with Federal anti-terrorism laws.
  • Funded programs must provide direct service to people who reside within one or more communities within UW-GWP's assigned zip code service area.

United Way of Goodhue Wabasha & Pierce Counties Assigned Zip Codes

Goodhue County, Minnesota

55009 - Cannon Falls

55026 - Frontenac

55027 - Goodhue, Frontenac

55066 - Red Wing

55956 - Mazeppa

55983 - Wanamingo

55992 - Zumbrota

Wabasha County, Minnesota

55041 - Lake City

55945 - Kellogg

55964 - Plainview

55968 - Reads Landing

55981 - Wabasha

Western Wisconsin

54014 - Hager City

54723 - Bay City

54750 - Maiden Rock

54761 - Plum City

54769 - Stockholm

*Note on Financial Review: Your organization must pass review by United Way of GWP's Finance Committee based on a review of your financial documents to receive funding. You will be asked to upload financial documents as part of this application.