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Volunteer Opportunity: Community Investment

How are the programs of our partner agencies funded? You tell us!

Volunteer as a Community Investment Panelist! 

Project: We are looking for individuals that want to help shape our community by making allocation recommendations for United Way's 2016-17 Community Investment process.

Benefits: The panelist is able to experience firsthand how the programs of non-profit agencies in HLUW service area truly improve people's lives with the help of United Way funding. The panelist will come away with a stronger connection to the community they live in. The panelist will have the chance to make networking connections with many people, including those serving on the panel with them, United Way staff, agency directors and staff at the programs under review. 

To Apply: If you are interested in serving as a Volunteer Panelist and would like to view the position description, click here.
The Community Investment Process
Volunteer Panelist application is available HERE.

Questions? Contact Michelle Hargrave at (218)726-4771 or by email at to learn more.

Community Impact

HLUW Applications for Funding Available

Head of the Lakes United Way is Requesting Proposals for Funding for the 2017-18 cycle.  We have a small and large application for funding.  Applicants can apply for $5,000 or more through the large grant application or utilize our small application process for proposal’s less than $5,000.  We encourage applications that meet the eligibility criteria and that align with our mission, geographic service area, and our four impact areas as listed below.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Agency location within the HLUW’s Geographic Service Area:  

         - Ashland and Bayfield WI Counties

         - Greater Duluth, MN (cities of Duluth, Hermantown and Proctor)

         - 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
  • Agency mission is consistent with HLUW funding priority (See Community-wide Goals)
  • Pre-Application approval (only required if you are a new program seeking funding: contact Michelle Hargrave for details)  


Mission: Uniting caring people and mobilizing resources to empower individuals and strengthen communities.

Geographic Service Area:

Head of the Lakes United Way is committed to improving the quality of life in the Ashland/Bayfield, Greater Duluth, North Shore, and the Superior -Douglas County communities.

Impact Areas: (See Community-wide Goals here for further details)        

  • Basic Needs:  Ensuring a strong network of human services (i.e. access to food, shelter, safety) 
  • Education: Fostering successful children and youth
  • Health:  Increasing access to dental, mental and physical health 
  • Income: Promoting financial stability and independence

Call for Proposals:

Applications will be accepted as listed below for the 2017-18 cycle:

  • Ashland-Bayfield: No applications accepted this year (will re-open next year)
  • Greater Duluth:  Accepting applications for two impact areas:  Education & Income (Next year: applications for Basic Needs & Health)
  • North Shore:  Accepting applications for all impact areas:  Basic Needs, Education, Health & Income
  • Superior-Douglas County:  Only accepting applications for the Education Impact Area (Next year: accepting applications for Basic Needs, Health & Income)    


October 24   Application Form Available

December 5   Applications for Funding Due

Jan 30 – Feb 10   Presentations

March 28   Head of the Lakes Board Meeting – Allocation Approval

April 15   First Allocation Disbursement


To Apply: Ensure your organization meets the above eligibility criteria, complete the application for funding below, and attach the required documents as outlined.  

Small Application for Funding (proposals $5000 or less)

Large Application for Funding (proposals greater than $5000)  


Application DeadlineMonday, December 5, 2016 by 4:30pm

 For Questions Contact:

Michelle Hargrave, Vice President of Impact & Development  or 218-726-4771      

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