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Mini Grants

In September and April each year,  nonprofit organizations are invited to submit applications for mini grant funding to be used to meet community needs in at least one of four strategic areas:

Health – Healthy Eating and Physical Activity/ Healthy Violence-Free homes/ Healthy Chemical Dependent-Free Residents

Education – Quality Learning Experience/ School Readiness/ Quality Caregivers

Financial Stability – Employment/ Financial Empowerment

Basic Needs – Continuum of Care/ Access to Food

After reviewing the grant applications, United Way staff make recommendations to the Board of Directors which applications to fund, and agencies will be notified shortly afterward. 

United Way of Northeast Michigan accepts applications for mini grants, from any 501c3 non-profit health and human care organizations twice a year, in March and September. Organizations can apply for up to $1,000. The next Mini Grant call for entries will take place in September 2019. An announcement will be made through media sources, including the United Way website ( and social media outlets.

In addition to the Mini Grant, United Way expects to distribute funds to local partner agencies through its annual workplace giving campaign, which ends December 31.  

For more information, contact the United Way of Northeast Michigan at (989) 354-2221,,  or visit their office at 701 Woodward Avenue (upper level of the APlex in Alpena.