United Way of 1000 Lakes Announces Phase Two of its Grantmaking Cycle

United Way of 1000 Lakes recently announced the opening of the second phase of its 2022-2027 Grantmaking Cycle as part of its new two-generation framework. The organization is soliciting and accepting requests under its Family Financial Stability and Healthy Minds & Bodies pillar areas.

Thus far, United Way has invested $143,000 in twelve local organizations that meet the needs of individuals and families across four impact area pillars (Ready Kids, Resilient Families, Family Financial Stability, Health Minds & Bodies, and Safety Net). Organizations receiving funding include Advocates for Family Peace, Boys & Girls Club of the Leech Lake Area, Boys & Girls Club of the Northland, First Call, Grace House, Itasca County Family YMCA, Itasca County Habitat for Humanity, Itasca Youth for Christ, Project Care Free Clinic, Project Read, Smart North, and Support Within Reach.

Any 501(c)(3) nonprofit serving in Itasca County and surrounding communities may apply for funding. The organization or proposed program must align with a strategy and report on specific outcomes to show the program’s impact on Itasca-area children and the adults in their lives.

In the Healthy Minds & Bodies pillar, United Way aims to increase the opportunities for healthy lifestyle choices and promote overall health and well-being. Investments will target the following strategies:

  • Access to primary health services, including mental, behavioral, vision, and dental health care services.
  • Support individuals’ resilience, social connectedness/capital, and independence.
  • Provide support services and educational resources to help individuals make healthy choices that reduce risk and harm, and prevent crisis.

Through the Family Financial Stability pillar, United Way aims to reduce barriers to opportunity, develop economic mobility, and build generational resilience. Investments will target the following strategies:

  • Access to employment-appropriate training, job readiness skills, and support to enter, remain, and advance in the workplace.
  • Provide support services and educational resources to help eliminate barriers hindering the economic mobility of households (i.e., stable housing, financial counseling, money management education, tax help).

The application process takes place in two stages. Nonprofit organizations seeking funding should submit an Initial Proposal by 4 p.m. on January 31, 2024.

Programs interested in applying can visit uwlakes.org/grants to learn more about eligibility criteria and submit an online application. Those with questions can contact United Way at 218-999-7570 or kimberly@uwlakes.org.