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Grant Partners

United Way’s investment process mobilizes resources to provide results-oriented funding to 22 nonprofit partners throughout the community. Funding recommendations are made by a dedicated group of community volunteers and approved by our Board of Directors.

Our community investments are based on three focus areas:

Education: $65,000

When children thrive, our whole community thrives. United Way’s Education pathway strategically builds a child’s chances for educational success and combats the challenges that impede progress. Through our partner programs and initiatives, we’re supporting parents and providing safe and nurturing environments that help bolster academics, build leadership skills, and promote social well-being. 

Last year, 2,900+ young people were provided with educational support and enrichment opportunities.

2019-2021 Grantees:

Baby Steps Boutique
Boys and Girls Clubs:
 Deer River, Grand Rapids, and Greenway
Itasca County Family YMCA: Early Child and Youth Education Scholarships
Project READ
Youth For Christ: Campus Life


Health & Well-Being: $48,500

Being healthy is vital for children to grow and develop and for adults to live a full, productive life. United Way’s Health pathway strategically provides resources for individuals and families to live healthy lives. Through our partner programs and services, we’re helping individuals with health conditions, disabilities, dependency, and mental illness. 

Last year, 65,786 individuals were provided with  tools and resources to improve their health and well-being. 

2019-2021 Grantees:

Bigfork Valley: Aging Adults Transportation Program
ElderCircle: Adult Day Respite, Assisted Transportation, in-Home CARE Services, and RSVP Volunteer programs
Home Visitor Program
Itasca County Family YMCA: Active Living Center
Itasca Wellness Court
Kiesler Wellness Center
Project Care Free clinic

Income & Basic Needs: $61,800

Caring for neighbors is key to a strong community. United Way’s Income and Basic Needs pathway strategically empowers people to solve their problems and work toward financial independence. Through our partner programs and services, we position people for a better, brighter tomorrow by helping with emergency and transitional housing, transportation, and basic needs — food, shelter, and safety.

Last year, 11,444 children and adults had their basic needs met.

2019-2021 Grantees:

Advocates for Family Peace 
Bigfork Food Shelf 
Deer River Food Shelf 
Grace House Homeless Shelter
Habitat for Humanity: Home Preservation Program 
KOOTASCA: Crisis Housing
Support Within Reach

Other Impact Programs & Collaborations
5-2-1-0 Playstations
AmeriCorps Promise Fellow Program
Back-To-School Drive
Day of Action
First Call / United Way 211
Nonprofit Resource Library
Personal Care Packs
Spark – Prenatal To Career Initiative


This list represents 2019 investments through United Way of 1000 Lakes to current member agencies.