UWBA: Emergency Fund

United Way of Bemidji Area

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Health & Medicine Economic Services & Development Education Disaster Relief / Humanitarian Aid Senior Services Basic Human Needs

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: General Operating Expense, Project / Program

Location of project: Beltrami County, Minnesota

Location of residency: Beltrami County, Minnesota

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NOTE: Grant applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with all funds raised to date (3-23-2020) to be distributed by May 31st, 2020. Immediate needs will be addressed within one week and secondary needs will be addressed by the end of April. Agencies may apply more than once for funds, especially for immediate needs. 

About the Emergency Fund

Responding to the coronavirus/COVID-19, the United Way of Bemidji Area has established an Emergency Fund to support local nonprofits with unexpected expenses.

These funds will support access to food, emergency needs, and care to elderly/most vulnerable in our community. Agencies with unexpected expenses combined with fundraising shortfalls due to event cancellations will be included.

“Keeping our seniors healthy and providing working families with basic needs is incredibly important at this time,” said United Way of Bemidji Area, Executive Director, Denae Alamano. “We will continue to monitor the needs of agencies and may need to provide additional assistance as everything unfolds.”


The purpose of the 2020 Emergency Fund is to support local non-profits with unexpected expenses due toCOVID-19. These funds will support access to food, emergency needs, care to the elderly and most vulnerable in our community, and other unexpected expenses due to service disruptions and/or increased demand for services.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Bemidji area (ISD #31) non-profit 501(c)(3) health and human service organizations. Current United Way Partner Agencies and non-United Way Partner Agencies may apply.
  •  Alignment with at least one of United Way of Bemidji Area’s areas of focus:
    • Education - Helping children, youth, and adults achieve their full potential
    • Income - Promoting financial stability and increasing self-sufficiency
    • Health - Improving people's health, social well-being, and providing basic needs/emergency services.
  • Evidence of non-duplication if other services/programs are currently available to the target population in the identified geographic area of service.