United Way of Douglas and Pope Counties has received a $20,000 grant through the Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund (MDRF). These funds will be granted to local nonprofits in Douglas and Pope counties to support COVID-19 recovery. Grant applications are being accepted Oct. 1 through Nov. 15.

The purpose of the grants is to make investments in local nonprofits to strengthen systems and networks that support individuals and families in Douglas and Pope counties affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds will support the health, education and financial stability of the community.

Grants will be awarded as general operating support to nonprofits with programs that help individuals recover from COVID-19 by supporting mental health, education of children and youth, employment, financial literacy and basic needs. Grant requests should not exceed a maximum of $5,000.

The funding criteria and eligibility requirements are:

  • Provide services in Douglas and Pope counties.

  • Be classified as a 501c3 nonprofit organization or government agency.

  • Alignment with United Way of Douglas and Pope Counties' priorities and focus areas.

  • Evidence of need for funds to support community recovery as a result of COVID-19.

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Grant applications are due on Nov. 15. Awards will be determined and applicants will be notified no later than Dec. 15.

For more information and the complete requests for proposals and guidelines are available at www.uwdp.org. For questions, contact Jen Jabas, executive director, at 320-834-7800.