As part of its transformation, Greater Twin Cities United Way (GTCUW) announced its new request for proposals (RFP) is now open to nonprofit organizations focused on addressing the most pressing needs in the region.

United Way grants will support organizations that serve people living at or below 200 percent of poverty (as defined by the 2018 Federal Poverty Guidelines) in the nine-county metro area.

The RFP, found online at, focuses educational success such as early learning and career and future readiness, household stability and economic opportunity.

The approach reflected in the RFP is based on surveys and feedback from more than 100 conversations with nonprofits, community leaders and donors. Proposals are due by 3 p.m. on Jan. 8. Funding decisions will be announced in April 2019 with grants effective July 2019.

Over the next few months, United Way staff and volunteers will review proposals and conduct site visits for a deep understanding of each organization’s practices, successes and potential for impact, and are offering training and technical support throughout the application period. Those interested can register online for an in-person training on Dec. 5 and find additional information regarding community office hours.

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