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1.Which of the following portals are you requesting access (you may check both if applicable):
 Please check which RFP you will apply for (if applicable.)

Eligibility Criteria

 In order to apply to this RFP, your partnership must attest that it meets all of the following criteria.
  • The Lead Organization must be a 501c3 nonprofit organization or have a fiscal sponsor who is a 501c3.
  • Your collaboration must designate one organization as the "Lead Organization? responsible for administering the grant funding to partner organizations.*
  • The Lead Organization's budget for the current fiscal year must be $250,000 or higher.
  • Collaboratives must operate within the Greater Twin Cities United Way nine-county service region (Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, Ramsey, Scott, Washington).
  • Collaboratives must target high food insecurity areas within our nine-county service region.
  • Eligible collaborations should involve a mix of organizations ensuring diversity and expertise across the partnership. Eligible entities for collaboration include nonprofit organizations, community-based groups, governmental agencies, academic institutions, and other stakeholders actively engaged in addressing food justice and community food system issues.
  • Collaboratives must involve partnerships with a minimum of three organizations, one of which is the lead entity responsible for administering grant funding.

Important Note on Financial Review: Your lead organization must meet the financial standards for Greater Twin Cities United Way funded partners based on a review of financial documents such as your most recent financial statements, form 990, and audit (if your organization is required by law to complete an audit) in order to receive funding. Organizations required to complete an audit MUST have a "clean" (unqualified) audit opinion in order to be eligible for funding under this RFP. You will be asked to upload financial documents as part of the application. Please note that organizations are only eligible to receive a maximum grant size of up to 20% of their overall organizational budget. 

*The lead organization within a collaborative partnership assumes key responsibilities, including grant administration, project management, stakeholder communication, budget management, collaboration facilitation, partner capacity building, and risk management.


Eligibility Criteria


Organizations must meet the following eligibility requirements to be funded.

  • Your organization is a 501c3 or 501c6, has a fiscal sponsor who has a 501c3 or 501c6 or is a public school district or charter school. 
  • Project seeks to improve outcomes for one or more of the following student populations: 
    • Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, Pacific Islander and/or a Youth of Color 
    • Family income level is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level  
    • Live with a disability that presents significant barriers to employment
  • Primary focus of the project is on students currently enrolled in high school or between the ages 14-22 
  • Your project includes a public school district or charter school partner with existing career pathways or has demonstrated momentum/interest to develop career pathways 
  • Your organization meets United Way's financial standards and received an unqualified opinion on your most recent audit report. This will be determined by an assessment of your financial documents as part of the application review. 
  • Organization or the fiscal sponsor has an annual budget of at least $250,000. 

For any special considerations related to these criteria, or any other questions related to the application process, please contact us at

1Career pathways are defined as a sequence of educational and work experiences aligned with high-wage, high-demand career fields that include access to college credit, rigorous and relevant coursework, and related work experiences.