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Greater Twin Cities United Way's Career Academies Launches "Building a Movement Fund" to Catalyze Career Pathways Across Minnesota

(Minneapolis, MN) - A new grant funding opportunity through Greater Twin Cities United Way’s Career Academies initiative is now available for organizations focused on elevating Students of Color and students from low-income households. The window is now open for the Building a Movement grant fund and will run over three separate rounds of funding opportunities through 2025.

Career Academies is a Greater Twin Cities United Way systems change initiative working to unite public education and employment systems to ensure all students in Minnesota have access to wealth-building and purpose-driven careers.

The Building a Movement Fund aims to support promising strategies to build cross-sector connections, frameworks, and relationships essential to scaling career pathways across the state. This initiative will create high-quality opportunities for students in Minnesota, fostering a sustainable future workforce.

In addition to funding, grantees will have access to a team of career pathways technical assistance providers, offering expertise in key areas such as dual enrollment and employer engagement. Technical assistance providers will work closely with grantees to identify targeted areas of growth and provide content expertise, accountability, and perspective.

"Through the Building a Movement Fund, we're igniting a powerful transformation in Minnesota's education ecosystem. These grants represent more than just financial support; they signify our commitment to empowering students with the tools and opportunities necessary for success in today's ever-evolving workforce,” said Liz Williams, Senior Program Officer for Career Academies at Greater Twin Cities United Way. “We are excited to work with our partners to advance the Career Academies mission. Together we are paving the way for a brighter, more equitable future for all learners through these investments."

Key Dates for Applicants:

• Application Opens: April 29, 2024

• Round 1 Submission Deadline: June 13, 2024

• Round 2 Submission Deadline: October 17, 2024

• Round 3 Submission Deadline: February 13, 2025

Organizations, including 501c3 or 501c6 entities, school districts, or charter schools, are invited to apply for funding and technical assistance support. To access the funding opportunity, organizations must register for a Grants Portal account through Greater Twin Cities United Way. The application is available starting today, April 29, 2024, with three rounds of funding through February 13, 2025. Refer to this one-pager for further details on how to register for your Grants Portal account and navigate the portal.?

For eligibility requirements and further details, applicants are encouraged to visit this link and register for a virtual FAQ session on May 9, 2024.

About Greater Twin Cities United Way:

Greater Twin Cities United Way unites changemakers, advocates for social good and develops solutions to address the challenges no one can solve alone to create a community where all people thrive. The organization serves the community through five key offerings: Crisis and Information Support (211 resource helpline, 988 Crisis and Suicide Lifeline), innovation initiatives, nonprofit partnerships, advocacy work with legislators, and business and individual donor partnerships. For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook, X (Twitter), Instagram and LinkedIn.


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