COVID-19 Assistance for Individuals

The purpose of the UWNEMN COVID-19 Crisis Fund is to provide financial support to those living or working in UWNEMN's service territory (click here to see if you live or work in a community served by UWNEMN) whose jobs have been impacted by the current COVID-19 pandemic. Individuals/families impacted must demonstrate a financial loss on or after the Governor’s Emergency Executive Order, dated March 13, 2020, to request approval for support to cover basic living expenses.

Assistance for the Iron Range and Koochiching County individuals is funded directly by fundraising efforts in each area of UWNEMN's service territory.

To access the online application, you will need to create a username and password. 
Click here to create your username and password - or to login with the username and password you already have.

This application is for individuals who live or work on the Iron Range only.

If you live or work in Koochiching County, please use the tabs above to navigate to the Koochiching County application.

One-time Maximum Grant Amount = $1,000/household

Please note that completing this form does not guarantee the request will be approved. If your application is approved, please keep in mind that this is a one-time grant opportunity of $1,000, though distributed amounts will vary based on a number of circumstances as we weigh the amount of funding we have to distribute and the number of requests we receive.

This application is for individuals who live or work in Koochiching County only.

If you live or work on the Iron Range, please use the tabs above to navigate to the Iron Range application.

One-time Maximum Grant Amount = $350/family

Please note that completing this form does not guarantee the request will be approved. If your application is approved, please keep in mind that this is a one-time grant opportunity of $350, though distributed amounts will vary based on a number of circumstances as we weigh the amount of funding we have to distribute and the number of requests we receive.

This is a critical time for our communities to unite and focus their efforts to improve people's lives and strengthen our families.

United Way of Northeastern Minnesota is raising COVID-19 Crisis Funds on the Iron Range and in Koochiching County to provide immediate support to those most affected by this pandemic.

Funds raised in each region will stay in each region and will be used to do the following:

  • Support UWNEMN programs Buddy Backpacks and United for Veterans which both are highly needed to serve individuals on the Iron Range and in Koochiching County and have both had fundraisers canceled due to the pandemic.
  • Bolster efforts of local agencies providing direct support to local individuals affected by this crisis.
  • Provide financial assistance for basic living expenses to local individuals who have lost their jobs or had hours reduced as a result of COVID-19.

These are special crisis funds that have no administrative cost associated with them, so 100% of funds UWNEMN receives will go directly to local agencies, programs, and individuals in the region funds were raised.

Click here to donate to UWNEMN's COVID-19 Crisis Fund, and be sure to specify if you'd like your funds to go to the Iron Range or Koochiching County.