United Way of Olmsted County periodically issues Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for programs that address key community needs in education, health, and financial stability. Eligible nonprofit agencies may submit proposals in response to an RFP. United Way of Olmsted County does not provide funding to individuals or to for-profit entities. Proposals will not be considered outside of the formal RFP process. For more information, please email our Community Impact team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current Funding Opportunities
Check back in summer 2021 for new grant opportunities.
Upcoming Funding Opportunities
Housing Stability - Coming summer/fall 2021.
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Frequently Asked Questions
We fund programs that positively impact our community in the areas of health, education, and financial stability.
We periodically publish Requests for Proposals (RFPs) in response to community needs. Programs that align with the specific goals of an RFP are encouraged to apply.
Our current funding areas include:
- Food security
- Housing stability
- Independent living
- Early childhood success
- Strong foundations
- Build Back Better
Visit our Grantseekers page to see open and upcoming funding opportunities. We do not typically fund programs or projects outside of our formal RFP process.
In almost all cases, United Way of Olmsted County provides funding for specific programs, rather than general operating funds for organizations.
Programs are eligible to apply for funding if they meet the criteria of a specific Request for Proposals (RFP), as well as our basic eligibility criteria:
- Provide services in Olmsted County and serve Olmsted County residents
- Serve primarily low-income individuals or families (those earning up to 185% of federal poverty guidelines)
- Operated by a 501(c)3 or other eligible nonprofit agency (see next question)
Yes and no.
Faith-based organizations are eligible if they can demonstrate that no religious participation is required in the program.
Unincorporated community groups are eligible if they can document their relationship with a proper fiscal sponsor.
Government agencies/units are eligible.
Individuals, for-profit entities, and political or partisan activities are not eligible to receive United Way funding.
In almost all cases, United Way of Olmsted County provides funding to specific programs, not for organizations’ general operations. Organizations may apply for and receive funding for multiple programs within a single RFP and/or across RFPs.
In some cases.
United Way will consider joint proposals when a program is delivered by more than one organization because there is a need for shared program planning, administration, and reporting. That requires all partnering organizations to be serving the same individual participants toward a single, shared outcome over a sustained period. If your program only contracts with another agency to provide a specific service within your program operations, this likely does not require a joint proposal.
Please carefully review the eligibility and review criteria for the specific funding opportunity you are applying for. We also publish a complete evaluation rubric with each RFP that describes the evaluation criteria and what examples of success in each area may look like in your program.
If you have questions about a particular proposal idea or how your organization’s work might fit with United Way of Olmsted County funding priorities, our Community Impact team is happy to speak with you. Please email us at email@example.com to set up a conversation with a member of our team.
Certain agencies may also request additional support from a Grant Guide. Agencies are eligible to work with a Grant Guide if they have not received United Way of Olmsted County funding in the past, have annual revenues under $1 million, and do not employ a full-time grant writer. For full details, visit our Grant Guides page.
For most RFPs there is no set minimum or maximum award amount.
You should submit a request that reflects your program’s needs. United Way of Olmsted County strives to award grants at the full amount requested whenever possible. United Way encourages programs to pursue diverse revenue streams. Program awards typically constitute less than 1/3 of the total program budget, but this is not true is all cases.
In recent years, the average annual program award has been $30,000-$40,000. Most awards are multi-year awards for anywhere between 2 and 5 years; this is specific to each RFP.
We occasionally issue an RFP for one-time awards. The maximum award amount for one-time awards is $20,000.
You should receive an automated email once your proposal has been submitted through our grants portal. Someone from our team will contact you via email within a few weeks of the proposal deadline to update you on the progress of your proposal.
The review process and timeline will be detailed in the Request for Proposals. Most review processes include one or more meetings with our review team.
Final partnership decisions and award amounts are decided by United Way of Olmsted County’s Board of Directors. For multi-year awards, final award announcements are typically made in April, with funding beginning in July. Awards are disbursed in monthly installments.