Apply for a Grant

Our 2019 grant season is closed. Grant recipients were announced here.

The following information may be useful if you are thinking about applying for a grant in 2020.

Links to the application forms and other required documents can be found near the bottom of this page. Please review all information on this page before you begin an application. If you have any questions, please contact us at

Our Objectives

Northfield Area United Way seeks to improve quality of life in the communities we serve through effective programs in:

  • Education
  • Health
  • Financial Stability

Learn more about our mission and our currently funded programs >>

Key Dates at a Glance: 2019 Applications

  • March 15………………………………Grant proposals due
  • First week of May …………………Grant Allocations Panels (applicants attend one panel)
  • Mid-May………………………………..Notice of grant
  • July 1, 2019–June 30, 2020…….Grant period

Organizations and Grants We Consider

Tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations or governmental units performing service in the areas of health, human services, or education will be considered for grants. Grants may be given to support an organization’s operations and/or active programs providing direct services to those in need during the fiscal year (July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020) within our service areas and ZIP codes:

  • Dennison, 55018
  • Dundas, 55019
  • Kilkenny, 56052
  • Lonsdale, 55046
  • Montgomery, 56069
  • Northfield, 55057
  • Webster, 55088

Applicants should address a demonstrated need, explain how the organization helps solve the need and how it measures results, and quantify the organization’s success. Northfield Area United Way 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.

Organizations that have not received funding from Northfield Area United Way in the past may apply. Past grants are no guarantee of future funding.

We will not consider grants for:

  • Capital projects
  • Endowments
  • Organizations that espouse political or religious advocacy as part of their services
  • Organizations that engage in significant fundraising activity during one month of the annual United Way Campaign (Oct. 1-31). See our Fundraising Restrictions document online. Certain exceptions apply.

Diversity/Anti-discrimination Policy

Northfield Area United Way requires an official, board-approved diversity or 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:

  • Grant Proposal
  • Budget Sheets
  • Anti Terrorism Compliance Form
  • You also are required to attach certain documents noted in the application, including a board-approved diversity and/or anti-discrimination policy

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. You may do this as early as you wish; you do not need to wait until you are ready to upload your application file(s). Please request your link at least two days before the grant application deadline.


The upload deadline is Friday, March 15, 2019. The hard copy application must be postmarked by March 15, 2019.

Allocations Panels

We ask that each applicant to be available for questions from our allocations panels. 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 by early April so you can plan ahead.

Grant Agreement

Please review (but do not complete) the grant 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 will be required to sign this document to accept a grant. Do not sign it until you are contacted about a grant allocation.

Proposal Forms and Other Downloads

The documents linked below are 2019 documents provided as examples only. When the 2020 grant application period is open, 2020 documents will appear here.

This year we have reduced the number of grant proposal forms. There is a single proposal form covering all three of our focus areas (education, health, and financial stability). A shorter form is also offered for those requesting less than $5,000. There is a space on each form to indicate the primary focus area of your application. We understand that there may be some overlap between areas, and if so, we invite you to address this in your proposal narrative.

Grant Proposal 2019

Grant Proposal 2019 – less than $5,000

Also please download:

Grant Application Budget for Organization and Program

Anti-Terrorism Compliance Measures

Grant Agreement 2019

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