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Grant Proposals 2017

Welcome to the 2017 granting season, which officially begins February 1! 


The areas we fund are: Education, Health and Financial Stability/Basic Needs. Please download the Education grant proposal if you have an education-related grant. Otherwise, select the application entitled: Health and Basic Needs. New this year are shorter applications for those requesting less than $5,000.

Education Grant Application 2017

Education Grant Application 2017 less than $5,000

Health and Basic Needs Grant Application 2017

Health and Basic Needs Grant Application 2017 less than $5,000

Also download:

2017 Grant Application Budget for Organization and Program

Anti-Terrorism Compliance Measures

Grant Agreement 2017

Key Dates at a Glance:

March 17………………….Grant proposals due

May 2, 3, 4………………..Grant Allocations Panels (applicants attend one panel)

May 17……………………..Notice of grant

July 1-June 30……………Grant period

Northfield Area United Way’s mission:

Improve quality of life in the communities we serve through effective programs in:

  • Education
  • Health
  • Financial Stability/Basic Needs

Organizations and grants we consider:

Tax-exempt 501 (c) 3 organizations will be considered for grants. Health and human services grants are given for organization operations and/or active programs providing direct services to those in need during the fiscal year, July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018, within our service areas (see a complete list below). Applicants will address a demonstrated need, explain how the organization helps solve the need and how it measures results, and quantify the organization’s success.  The Northfield Area United Way (NAUW) will consider quantifiable outcomes, not simply activities, when reviewing applications. We give priority consideration to programs that serve the greatest need, and help the greatest number of community members in our areas of focus. We look for applicants to demonstrate how their programs serve those in need and solve problems in our community.

NAUW will not consider grants for:

  • Capital projects
  • Endowments
  • Organizations that espouse political or religious advocacy as part of their services
  • Organizations that fundraise during one month of the NAUW Campaign (Oct. 1-31). See our Fundraising Restrictions document online. Certain exceptions apply.

Discrimination policy:

NAUW requires an official, Board-approved diversity/anti-discrimination policy from organizations with each grant application. Applications without a diversity policy will not be considered.

How to approach our grant application:

Please note that there are several sections of the grant application:

  1. Grant Proposal
  2. Budget Sheets
  3. Anti Terrorism Compliance Form
  4. You also are required to attach certain documents noted in the application.

Required copies:

We require two versions of the grant proposal:

  1. One hard copy sent to:

Northfield Area United Way

P.O. Box 56

Northfield, MN 55057


2. One electronic copy uploaded to Google Drive. Please contact us at to receive your upload link.


The online application deadline is Friday, March 17, 2017. The hard copy grant must be postmarked by March 17, 2017.

Organizations that have not received NAUW funding in the past may apply. Past grants are no guarantee of future funding.

Our service areas and zip codes:

Dennison, 55018

Dundas, 55019

Kilkenny, 56052

Lonsdale, 55046

Montgomery, 56069

Northfield, 55057

Webster, 55088

Allocations Panels:

We ask that each applicant to be available for questions from our allocations panels. This year we are changing our process slightly. Please be sure someone at a top level can meet for 15 to 20 minutes to present their proposal during the first week of May. Final dates will be posted as they are available.


We will schedule the panels in early April so you can plan ahead.

Partner Agreement

Please review the partner agreement before applying to ensure you can comply with the terms. We view this relationship as a partnership and look forward to working with you. You are required to sign this document to accept a grant. You do not sign it until you are contacted about a grant allocation.

 Thank you!






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