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Local organizations eligible for Grinnell United Way grants


Grinnell United Way invites local organizations that serve Grinnell residents to apply to receive funding.

“Grinnell United Way advances the common good in Grinnell through our partner agencies, supported by our generous donors,” said board president Rachael Kinnick. “Together, we use the key building blocks of education, income, and health to improve these people’s lives by dealing with the underlying causes of problems.”

Any organization recognized under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) as tax exempt and provides services to individuals in the greater Grinnell area is eligible to receive funding from Grinnell United Way. Applications are due Friday, May 20, 2016. To submit an application, visit

Grinnell United Way has a diverse set of partner agencies. The Social Entrepreneurs of Grinnell, Poweshiek County Clover Kids, and Grinnell Historical Museum are a few of the organizations that have partnered with Grinnell United Way in recent years, joining longtime partners such as Grinnell Community Daycare & Preschool and Mid-Iowa Community Action.

“We call on the entire Grinnell community to help spread the word about applying for funding,” said Kinnick. “We seek partners who will live united with us, becoming partners in changing lives in Grinnell.”

Grinnell United Way is particularly interested in how organizations address education, public health, and poverty in Grinnell.

“As a board, we have become keenly aware of how issues of public health, education, and poverty impact our community,” said Kinnick. “We believe in the caring power of our community to help those affected by mental illness and addiction and want to build on our base of partner agencies to do the work our generous donors support. We want to change lives in Grinnell.”

Because Grinnell United Way is managed by a volunteer board committed to advancing its mission, over 98% of all funds raised go directly to its partner agencies to use for services in Grinnell.  Last year the Grinnell United Way granted $130,000 to 15 different local agencies which served over 4,600 people in Grinnell in 2015.

For more information about Grinnell United Way or to make a donation, visit

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