Community Investment Grants

Community Investment is the allocation process for traditional grants at United Way focusing on the building blocks for a good life—basic needs, education and health. Lead by community volunteers, funding recommendations are finally approved by United Way’s Board of Directors. United Way of Goodhue, Wabasha & Pierce Counties awards funds through an application and review process. 501(c)3 not for profit organizations and other programs that can contribute to achieving outcomes in our goal areas are welcomed to apply for funding awards. NOTE: United Way of Goodhue, Wabasha & Pierce Counties DOES NOT provide direct financial support to individuals. If you are in need of direct financial assistance, please contact 2-1-1. United Way of Goodhue, Wabasha and Pierce Counties will begin accepting Education Grant Applications in January 2022 to area programs serving residents of one or more communities in Goodhue, Wabasha and/or Pierce Counties. Application is available here.

Education Goal

  • To promote and support a whole-learner approach in education and youth development by addressing gaps of opportunity in our communities.

Basic Needs Goal

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

Health Goal 

  • Promoting healthy behaviors and access to equitable, quality care to support multifaceted wellbeing  (including medical care, mental health, dental care, nutritious eating, physical activity, sexual health, chemical health, environmental health, avoidance of risky behavior, chronic disease management, and prenatal care)

Strategic Funding

United Way’s Strategic Funding was established to make an impact on the most pressing issue in our community identified through data review, conversations with stakeholders and polling community members. It was overwhelmingly clear that housing, and more specifically homelessness, was our service area’s most pressing need. United Way of GWP has committed two years of Strategic Funding to make a positive impact in this area during 2020 and 2021.

COVID19 Response and Recovery Funding

Once the pandemic began to affect our service area, United Way of GWP quickly established the COVID19 Response and Recovery Fund to raise dollars to help support our community members who were directly affected by the vast implications of COVID19.  Round 3 and 4 of allocations from this fund will occur by the end of 2020.  Stay tuned for more information.

For questions about any of the grants, please call the office at 651-388-6309. Thank you! 

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