COmmunity Investment Areas


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


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


Every person should have the opportunity to improve their life through education. We fund programs and efforts that help people receive education & training, improving their ability to meet basic needs or retain employment.

2020 Community Investment Grant Overview

Online grant applications accepted from
January 22, 2020 - February 28, 2020

Grant Requests & Applications

Community Collaboration

In the 2020 Community Investment Granting Cycle, collaboration between and amongst agencies working towards common outcomes will be encouraged, and joint proposals will be welcomed. Specific guidelines for joint proposals 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
  • Have an administrative structure with defined lines of responsibility, a mission statement, and bylaws
  • Be financially stable and able to ensure appropriate stewardship of the funds entrusted, perform a regular budgeting process and be able to submit audited financial statements and/or IRS form 990
  • To receive funding, proposed programs must align closely with one or more of the focus areas: Live, Work, Learn
  • Programs/projects must serve participants in Grand Forks, East Grand Forks & Area
  • Be able to demonstrate effectiveness of programs and projects through measurable outcomes
  • Be willing to cooperate with collaborative partners and other organizations to meet community goals and create measurable lasting change for individuals in the Greater Grand Forks Area
  • Be willing to fully participate in United Way marketing efforts regarding program/client success
  • Allow United Way the right to use data from all its funded programs at will to "Tell the Story"
  • All grantees will submit written midterm and final reports
  • Funding will be competitive process based on the potential impact of the program for the community
  • Programs in areas where there is duplication of work by multiple agencies may be less likely to receive funding
  • Funding for 2020 does not guarantee future funding
  • All proposals, regardless of the amount requested, will be held to the same principles and practices of accountability

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If you have questions regarding the 2020 Community Investment Grant, please contact Heather Novak at or by calling 701.775.8661
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