United Way Approves $37K in Grants to Itasca County Nonprofits

United Way of 1000 Lakes announced $37,700 worth of grant awards for the most recent quarter to 16 different area nonprofits serving Itasca area residents in the areas of basic needs, health, education, and financial stability.

The awards represent the tenth consecutive quarter of grant dollars issued to United Way’s partner organizations, previously awarded in 2019 for a two-year term.

Grant applications were narrowed down through a review process led by volunteer members of United Way’s Community Impact Committee. United Way’s Board of Directors gave final approval.

Organizations that received funds this quarter include:

Advocates for Family Peace
Bigfork Food Shelf
Boys & Girls Club of the Northland (Grand Rapids & Greenway chapters)
Boys and Girls Club of the Leech Lake Area (Deer River chapter)
Deer River Food Shelf
ElderCircle
First Call 2-1-1
Grace House
Itasca County Family YMCA
Itasca County Habitat for Humanity
Itasca Wellness Court
KOOTASCA
Project Care
Project READ
Support Within Reach
Youth for Christ Campus Life (Deer River, Grand Rapids, and Greenway programs)

Earlier this year, United Way announced extending its regional grant allocations for one additional year to funded partners beginning July 1, 2021. The organization made the decision to extend funding into a third year to ensure that funded programs and nonprofit partners can continue supporting our region’s recovery efforts.

About six months ago, United Way began reevaluating its impact goals to better serve the changing needs of the Itasca area. Working with Impact Minnesota, United Way staff, board, and volunteers used data collection, a community needs survey, and community focus groups to inform their process.

The organization will release additional details about its new community impact strategy in spring 2022, with plans to implement a new impact and funding model starting July 2022. At which time, United Way will announce a request for proposals (RFP) from organizations looking to be considered for funding, including those already in partnership with United Way.

To learn more about United Way’s community impact work, goals, and strategy, visit uwlakes.org/our-work.