Funding Opportunties

2018-19 Funding Opportunities


HLUW will be accepting applications for the 2018-19 2-yr funding cycle.  This year’s application review will determine your program allocation for 2018.  In the second year of the funding cycle, no application is necessary as your 2018 allocation will typically be based on the first year allocation with adjustments made according to the fundraising campaign results.  Accepted applicants will be asked to submit reports twice a year in addition to a site visit to monitor financial stewardship.

Impact Areas:                                                                                                                                                 

HLUW will be accepting funding applications that align with our core Community Impact Goals  Basic Needs, Education, Health and Income – across our service area (Ashland-Bayfield, Greater Duluth, Northshore and Superior-Douglas County).   The chart below indicates the current schedule.

2017-2018 All 4 CI Areas:

Basic Needs

Basic Needs


NO RFP Basic Needs




Eligibility Requirements:                                                                                                                              

Agency location within the HLUW’s Geographic Service Area:

  • Ashland and Bayfield WI Counties
  • Greater Duluth, MN (Cities of Duluth, Hermantown, Proctor, and the townships of Duluth, Solway, Grand Lake, Fredenberg, Gnesen, Normanna, Canosia, Rice Lake, Lakewood, and Midway)
  • North Shore (Lake and Cook MN Counties)
  • Superior, WI-Douglas County Area

At least .5 FTE paid staff located in HLUW’s service area (as defined above)

Inclusion of at least one Board member residing in HLUW’s service area (as defined above)

IRS tax-exempt designation of 501(c) 3 or invited public entity

Program mission is consistent with HLUW funding priority (Community Impact Goals)

Serve Priority Populations:

  • A minimum of 50% of program clients served are low-income (defined as 200% of federal poverty level or 80% of area median income)
  • At risk, underserved or vulnerable populations

The organization will provide equal access to services to all who qualify without discriminating based on race, religion, national origin, disability, gender, veteran status, sexual orientation, or age. This standard does not prohibit any organization from offering specific programs designed to meet the special needs of target populations based on age, gender, health, or disability.


Pre-Application approval: only required if you meet one of the three below.

1) Required for New organizations or programs seeking funding

2) Required for programs or agencies that have a gap (greater than 2 yrs.) in HLUW Funding

3) Required for programs or agencies that have had a significant program modification

Community Investment Process Timeline:                                                                                                

September 5 Pre-Application Available (DUE OCTOBER 30th)
October 6 FULL Application Form Available ONLINE
November 20 FULL Applications for Funding Due
December-January Financial and Eligibility Review
Jan – March Community Investment Process
March 27 HLUW Board Meeting – Allocation Approval
April 15 First Allocation Disbursement

Submission Process:                                                                                                                                    

If you are currently not a funded program then a pre-application is required.  Please click here to download the pre-application, complete and return to  by the deadline, Monday, October 30, 2017. The Full Grant Application submission process will be conducted online for the 2018-19 2 year grant cycle.  Once your pre-application is approved, agency programs will be provided with a user name and password to access the full application on the online application portal to apply.

Online Portal User Guides:                                                                                                         

LARGE GRANT Online Application User Guide

SMALL GRANT Online Application User Guide

Community Impact Volunteer Panelist: Online Portal User Guide

Funding Types:                                                                                                                                               

There are two grant types: Small grant ($7,500 or less) & Large Grant (Greater than $7,500).  There is a corresponding application for each type and availability of each grant varies by community.

Grant Availability: Small Grant Large Grant
Ashland-Bayfield X
Greater Duluth X X
North Shore X
Superior-Douglas-Cty X X