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One Fund Community Relief effort

Deploying resources, services, and dollars to where our neighbors need it most

During this time of uncertainty, nonprofits are seeing an unprecedented level of neighbors needing help.  In order to help our community move forward, United Way is committed to minimizing the effects of the COVID-19 crisis through an Emergency Relief Fund. Our goal is to be able to provide funding as quickly as possible to  community partners to meet the needs of the community through direct services.

We have developed an abbreviated application form. We realize that many organizations may have limited access to their data and records. It's our hope that it will be possible for you to gather the requested information with minimal disruption to the urgent work community partners are continuing to do. We encourage agencies to complete their application as quickly as possible. We will make funding decisions on a rolling basis.

Relief effort Funding Areas

Improving Lives

Every person should have access to the basic necessities to sustain life. We fund programs and efforts that help meet the most basic needs of our neighbors.

Improving Jobs

Every person should have the opportunity to maintain their financial stability. We fund programs and efforts that help people retain employment.

Improving Futures

Every person should have the opportunity to improve their life through education. We fund programs and efforts that help people receive education & training.

Overview and Guidelines

Funding Requests & Applications

Community Collaboration

The One Fund Community Relief Effort encourages collaboration amongst agencies working towards common goals. Joint proposals will be welcomed. Specific guidelines for joint requests are listed below: 


  • Maintain eligibility as a public agency, including Indian tribes and nonprofit private organizations, both secular and faith-based, which serve individuals in Greater Grand Forks Area. This requires that private nonprofit organizations obtain and maintain a 501(c)(3) status with the Internal Revenue Service
  • Abide by Federal and State laws regarding anti-discrimination, Equal Opportunity, affirmative action, and anti-terrorism
  • Programs/projects must serve participants in United Way's service area: Grand Forks County, Northwestern Polk County and surrounding areas
  • Applicants must have submitted an application for a 2020 Community Investment Grant to be eligible for this funding
  • To receive funding, proposed programs must align closely with one or more of the focus areas: Live, Work, Learn
  • We will be prioritizing requests for funding that fall into the Live category
  • Request for funding must be for direct client services, no operational or staffing request will be funded
  • Be able to demonstrate effectiveness of programs and projects through measurable outcomes
  • Be willing to fully participate in United Way marketing efforts regarding program/client success
  • Allow United Way the right to use data from funding to "Tell the Story" of community impact
  • Funding will be competitive process based on the potential impact of the program for the community
  • All requests, regardless of the amount, will be held to the same principles and practices of accountability
  • All agencies that receive  funding will sign a Memorandum of Understanding


If you have questions regarding the One Fund Community Relief Effort, please contact Heather Novak at heather.novak@unitedwaygfegf.org or by calling 701.775.8661