Request for Proposals


Throughout 2018, United Way of Olmsted County (UWOC) will be requesting proposals to partner in delivering programs that drive change in five key areas:

  • Food Security
  • Housing Stability
  • Early Childhood
  • Independent Living
  • Connections

As a part of our partnership with selected programs UWOC will provide funding to pursue and accomplish goals leading to UWOC’s targeted outcomes. In addition to funding, UWOC will provide other assistance whenever possible. A brief overview of each content area and a PDF copy of the associated RFP document can be accessed below. 

To submit a proposal, follow our link (in orange) below:

Current Funding Opportunities


Food Security:

United Way of Olmsted County anticipates awarding approximately $150,000 in annual Food Security investments beginning July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2024.  There is expected to be 4-5 total successful partnership proposals.  Possible areas of funding include traditional food access (food banks and their distribution partners), culturally-responsive food provision, food access, distribution systems, health education, and community-based access to fruits and vegetables.

Proposals are due March 6, 2018.

You may view the supporting documents by following the links below:


Future Funding Opportunities

Printable summary of the highlighted opportunities for 2018

Housing Stability:

Housing Stability investments seek to improve access to, and ensure availability of, housing solutions for people in need. These investments are a response to community conditions and needs and are meant to complement other local efforts, such as the Olmsted County Housing and Redevelopment Authority and the Coalition for Rochester Area Housing.

There are a variety of potential programmatic approaches UWOC could invest in for community change. The primary focus will be toward the lower/earlier end of the financial need spectrum, and the goal of the investment is to fill unmet needs and supplement existing efforts to expand access.

Anticipated release in Spring, 2018.

Early Success:

Success in the early years of life—generally prenatal to 5 years old—is crucial in developing positive physical and emotional health. Children with strong foundations in the early years are more likely to have successful academic careers; launch and maintain successful employment; maintain financial stability as adults; and raise healthy, stable children themselves. UWOC has been involved in early success work for many years and recently partnered with Families First to conduct a study of early childhood programs and capacity in our community. Early Success funding will invest in strengthening foundations for children in the early years, leading to cross-generational success.

Anticipated release in Summer, 2018.

Independent Living:

Investments in Independent Living are meant to focus on strategies that support and encourage independence for vulnerable populations. There are many identities that might be considered vulnerable, and United Way has always focused its investments on persons and households that are, by definition, struggling financially. This funding stream would be designed specifically to provide support for those persons who face additional barriers beyond financial instability.

Anticipated release in Summer, 2018.


Connections investments will be designed to help reduce isolation by establishing personal connections between individuals and groups, reduce segregation by establishing intercultural relationships and contexts, or reduce inequities by seeking out the voices of underrepresented or marginalized individuals and amplifying them. This is a wide field of possibilities, and while it overlaps with much of UWOC’s previous investment portfolio, it also opens a variety of new strategies and widens our organizational field of view.

Anticipated release in Fall, 2018.